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THE LAND OF SMAERD

Author: Andrea vonBotehuhr

Illustrator: Bryn Barnard

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Publisher: Know Wonder Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Dreams live in a special place called Smaerd. They are just waiting for you to make them come true. As you can imagine, Smaerd is quite busy, and once in awhile, dreams collide. Those are nightmares ... but there's a solution for them. This is a soothing picture book that engages children in thinking about positive, imaginative dreams.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Age of Child: Started reading with nearly 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter wants to be a dolphin trainer, so she was immediately captivated by the cover (girl riding a dolphin). She really liked the book and searched for the dream mosaic on all of the pages.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful book. Even if you don't read a word, the soothing images will bring you calm. The illustrations are gorgeous and have several layers. For example, the illustration of Smaerd is more than just mountains and rocky crags. You could almost imagine Puff the Magic Dragon in the background.

Pros: A soothing story and dreamy images make this a nice story for reading before bed. Emerging readers will be helped by the rhyme scheme.

Cons: The rhymes don't always keep the same cadence. But we've read a lot worse!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This will help kids through several stages of dreams and nightmares. The illustrations make it a book to explore without words, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JUST IMAGINE   WHAT IF ...   THE FAIRY CHRONICLES: DRAGONFLY AND THE WEB OF DREAMS

Notes: 2008 Silver Medal, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards (Mind-Body-Spirit category)
The Reading Tub, Inc. reviewed a pre-release copy of this book

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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