When The World Is Dreaming (Rita Gray)

Hello friends, and Happy Earth Day! Today’s book is When The World Is Dreaming, written by Rita Gray and illustrated by Kenard Pak, a soothing bedtime book that asks an age-old question: what do animals dream of?

A Little Dreamer wanders home through the woods near dusk, watching the animals bed down in their nests and burrows. What do they dream of? The fawn dreams of sheltering with her twin under a giant mushroom during a rainstorm. The rabbit dreams of having wings made of cauliflower leaves and souring above the clouds. The turtle dreams of Sky Turtle, her bright round shell glowing in the night sky. As Little Dreamer returns home and prepares for bed, the dreams of the animals follow her, inspiring dreams of her own.

This was an absolutely gorgeous book. The creativity of the animals’ dreams is a perfect melding of the gentle, meditative rhyming text and some truly ethereal yet adorable art. That being said, this is definitely a bedtime book when it comes to bookworms JJ’s age: the pace is comfortable but on the slow side, perfect for settling down for the night, but not as much for a quick afternoon read. JJ enjoyed it, but was starting to get antsy towards the end. That said, this would make for a fantastic naptime or bedtime story to wind little readers down before bed, and we absolutely recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!


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