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MEADOW DANCE

Author: Dennis Rockhill

Illustrator: Dennis Rockhill

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Publisher: Raven Tree Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The soft tinkle of the wind chimes, the smell of summer flowers, and a busy caterpillar make the perfect potion for an afternoon nap. In her sleep, a young girl dreams of becoming one with the butterflies and taking flight in the fields around her. This is a picture book fantasy of a little girl's dream.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

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

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We've had several requests to re-read this book. Our daughter is captivated by the bright colors and the idea of becoming a butterfly. She always wants to go to the end first to see the "real" butterfly.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations carry this story. They draw in your spirit and you feel like you're holding spring in your hands. The black-and-white graphics that follow the caterpillar's metamorphosis are a nice touch.

Pros: Colorful illustrations and simple, soft text create a soothing bedtime story that will close your child's day with happy thoughts.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This could easily become a treasured book ... particularly for toddlers and preschool girls.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CATERPILLAR SPRING, BUTTERFLY SUMMER   LAURA AND THE LEPRECHAUNS   I WENT TO THE PARTY IN KALAMAZOO

Educational Themes: This picture book is meant to be shared as something that's fun to read. It has great potential for kids learning to read, or those who may be struggling and need to build their confidence. We were surprised to see the reading level as 9 to 12 at borders.com. This will be more valued by a younger audience.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008

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