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It’s been a little while since we’ve done one of these posts but we’re back with another children’s book review and this time it’s for Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka. It was published by Walker Books on 6th February 2020 and it can be purchased on Amazon*.
What if a dandelion became a dandy lion? With enchanting, ethereal art, this is a wordless story where reality is transformed by imagination.
In a meadow filled with dandelion buds just about to flower, one dandelion blooms into a real lion. Roots and leaves unfurl into four tiny paws and a long tail with a fluffy yellow tuft. What a great, wide world there is to explore when you have paws instead of roots! There are fast trains to ride, regal ships to sail, and cities with lights as bright as Dandelion’s field in full bloom. But will a real lion ever be content to go back to being a rooted dandelion?
To start with, this book isn’t like a lot of other children’s books. Dandelion’s Dream is a storybook but there are no words, only pictures! While this might be a bit different for children, I think it’s a really clever idea because it allows you, the reader, to help caption the story and do something together. Although the images in the book offer a simple story, you can add whatever bits that you want to.
The whole book is black, white and yellow and I think the images are absolutely stunning. The colour scheme and the images are quite simple on most of the pages but the ‘dandy lion’ shines so bright and it’s fun to watch him go on an adventure outside of the meadow.
Dandelion’s Dream is such a beautiful book. I really enjoyed watching the ‘dandy lion’ discover his freedom and explore the world. I think it’s important to show children that there is a lot of the world to see, with lots of things to experience and different people to meet and that’s exactly what this book is about. It’s such a pure joy to read and one where you’ll spot different things every time you read it.
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