I’m serious about getting back to blogging and sharing Perfect Picture Books.
Last week, it was about chores. This week, it’s about dreams.
Title: Mabel and the Queen of Dreams
Authors: Henry, Joshua and Harrison Herz
Illustrator: Lisa Woods
Schiffer Publishing, 2016
Themes/Topics: Dreams, Bedtime
Opening: Mabel was an expert at not going to sleep.
Brief Synopsis (from Amazon): Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bedtime-avoiding excuses. “I’m thirsty.” “I need to use the bathroom.” “Will you tell me a story?” Luckily, Mom’s quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children’s dreams and can only visit when their eyes are closed. Inspired by Mercutio’s soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people’s dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot, the soothing story evokes images of an ant in a worn gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. Told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents get their kids to sleep. For ages 0-6.
Resources: Paint your dreams. Talk about the things you dream about. Do you have similar dreams to Mabel? Are yours completely different?
Why I Like This Book: A child not ready for bed is a classic problem for children and parents. The Herz family offer a unique story with Mabel. The story moves us from a series of nighttime distractions — “I’m thirsty,” “I’m not tired,” to my favorite “I’m too tangled to sleep” (which in my opinion deserves its own book) — to a calming story requiring closed eyes. The story gives parent and child hope that sleep and dreams will soon arrive.
Disclosure: I received a digital copy of Mabel and the Queen of Dreams to review.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for Monday is Wash Day. I’m keeping that open until Sept. 2.