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Author: Nancy Sweetland

Illustrator: Robert Sweetland

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Publisher: Raven Tree Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A little boy (age 5?) dreams about being all sorts of things, like a bell or a cat or a mountain. He takes this fantastical journey of “What if’s” and finds that he is glad to be who he is. The text is written twice on each page, once in English and once in Spanish. Rhyming text and repetition give kids a chance to read this story about dreams and imagination on their own.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Read with boys ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: They did like the story because of all the animals in the illustrations.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the concept. I thought the illustrations and the story were whimsical and dreamy, inviting my child to imagine what it would be like to fly or to swim like a seal. I loved that the words were in Spanish as well — in a household where Spanish is also spoken at home, it would be wonderful to read this book sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish (what a gift to a child!). I was not overly impressed with the forced rhyming of the words. Sometimes, the rhyming was awkward and distracting, even making me confused about the meaning of the sentence.

Pros: This picture book inspires imagination. Having the text in English AND Spanish expands the possibilities for reading.

Cons: The text is awkward at times, and the illustrations are awkward at times, as well.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is worth a read. If Spanish is also spoken at home, or if you are raising your children to be bilingual, it is worth the purchase.

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Educational Themes: This is a book for using your imagination!

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.2. 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, bilingual, Spanish

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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