2 out of 4 stars
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The Dreamy Bears by Kathleen Rostron is a children’s picture book about Timmy and his trip to Dreamy Land. Timmy is fast asleep when he is woken up by Daisy, Star, Moonlight, and Sleepy. These are the Dreamy Bears. They take Timmy to ride the rides and have fun at their far-away land. What else does Dreamy Land have in store for them? You’ll have to read this book to learn about their entire adventure.
I thought Dreamy Land was a cute and unique idea. It is a concept that young children will enjoy. It is a great bedtime story, especially for kids that are resistant to sleep. This book gives them an adventure to look forward to in their dreams. It is the type of book that would have helped me go to sleep as a child.
Pictures are always one of my favorite parts of children’s books, and the pictures in this book do not disappoint. The illustrator, Imogen-Lily Cunningham, depicted the story well through her illustrations. All of the pictures are bright and colorful. They are eye-catching and fun to look at. Young readers will be caught up in these pictures as the story is read to them.
Rhyming is another feature that I tend to enjoy in children's books. Unfortunately, the pattern in this book is inconsistent, and some of the words don’t exactly rhyme. For a young audience, the rhyming pattern needs to be consistent and clear. Reading this book out loud should be fun, and it should roll easily off the reader’s tongue. However, the pattern makes it difficult to read out loud if the reader hasn’t read it before.
Another downfall of the book is that it does not seem to be professionally edited. There are several errors throughout the book that could have easily been avoided. Because I believe that proper editing is essential in any children’s book, I am disappointed in the number of mistakes I came across while reading. Children are impressionable, and these mistakes can make it difficult to teach them that grammar is important.
I give this book 2 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed the story and pictures. However, I thought the rhyming and editing could use some work. I took away one star for each of these issues because they were both major components of the book. If these issues were fixed, I would consider giving this book a higher score. As it is written, I would recommend this book to parents who read out loud to their children. It would be a great story for pre-school age children. Due to the poor editing, I wouldn’t recommend it for children that can read on their own.
The Dreamy Bears
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