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Summary: This is a story of a sleeping baby dressed up to play a part in the fairy tales, idioms, and random ideas that she journeys through in her dreams. This is a photo-illustrated story that imagines a child's thoughts in her dreams.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 3; read yourself: 8 and Up
Interest Level: 1 to 3
Age of Child: Read with 3/ year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter listened contently and studied the pictures. Sometimes she commented on the babies' outfits or the scenery. Overall, though, I could see she was a little confused. My daughter did not have as strong of a reaction to this book as I did, but she did not want to read it a second time - even when I tried to encourage her to give it a chance.
Adult Reader Reaction: I did not like this book because it did not flow well. The author should stick to either traditional fairy tales, idioms, or the ideas of what happens when we dream, but not mix it all up. It would have made a cute personal baby book if it was my baby.
Pros: Because of the photos, young children might see themselves when they sleep or nap. As a parent, the photographs give you ideas on how to dress your child up while they are sleeping if you want to take pictures of them in certain poses.
Cons: The story was disjointed, and the photographs were strange. Short of your own baby, this is an awkward concept for a book.
Borrow or Buy: Skip. This is a book more for adults, offering thematic pictures of a baby, than it is a story for little ones.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fairy tale
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.