Friday, February 10, 2017
Perfect Pick: If I Had a Little Dream
by Nina Laden
Illustrations by Melissa Casrillon
A Paula Wiseman Book
Rhyming verse tells a sweet story--a song if you will--that sings off the illustrated pages. A little girl narrates, "If I had a little land...." and rhymes the verse. After that first rhyme, she inserts a new noun: house, garden, pond, boat, bicycle, table, chair, dog, cat, brother, sister, book (my favorite, of course!), nest and dream. The book page reads, "If I had a little book,/I would name it Friend./Friend would go wherever I went,/our story would never end."
Magical illustrations look like an illuminated manuscript with the borders (marginalia) used effectively to frame the characters and story. The illustrations help to give this little keeper a nostalgic feeling of easier, less troublesome times.
If I Had a Little Dream is a tender and loving story that celebrates life's simple treasures, Simple children's book magic done right!
Highly recommended for young dreamers everywhere.
FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.