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Woodland Dreams

Written by Karen Jameson

Illustrated by Marc Boutavant

Early Years Key Stage 1 Stories about Animals Bedtime Stories for Children Family / Home Stories

LoveReading View on Woodland Dreams

Lyrical bedtime story, perfect for sharing with sleepy young animal lovers

The setting is a wintery wood, beautifully depicted in Marc Boutavant’s detailed illustrations; our companions, a little girl and her dog, plus the host of animals she encounters. These are all welcomed with an invitation to ‘come home’, the bushy tail (squirrel), strong beak (woodpecker), long ears (hare). Elegant four-line verses describe them and their night-time houses, until at last the little girl (‘brave trailblazer, bright stargazer’) comes home and snuggles into her own cosy bed. Her journey through the wood works perfectly as a story, each page bringing a new animal friend, and the verse is a delight to read aloud. A book that will leave readers reassured, happy and ready for bed, but looking forward to new adventures in the morning.

Andrea Reece

Woodland Dreams Synopsis

It's time for everyone to say goodnight. From the fox curling up in her den to the turtle dozing off in his shell, Woodland Dreams will send your little one off to sleep with a gentle and loving goodnight. The lyrical text is perfect for bedtime read-alouds, engaging little readers with beautiful illustrations and a cozy rhyming narrative.

Each adorable animal has their own special nighttime routine.

Charming illustrations by celebrated artist Marc Boutavant 

Each animal is presented in an approachable, sleep-affirming way. And once every creature is tucked in tight, shhh . . . 

Woodland Dreams Press Reviews

The book's lovely illustrations have a somnolent effect: as the girl runs through twilight settings, snow starts to fall; pinking skies peek through the dark branches, and adorable animals close their eyes to meet the quiet. Soon, it's time for dreams to swirl. -Foreword Reviews, starred review

A sonorous, soporific invitation to join woodland creatures in bedding down for the night. . . . Jameson displays a rare gift for harmonious language and rhyme. . . . Sweet fare for bed- or naptimes, with a light frosting of natural history. - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781452170633
Publication date: 27th October 2020
Author: Karen Jameson
Illustrator: Marc Boutavant
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1
Topics: Animals, Bedtime Reading, Family / Home Stories

About Karen Jameson

Karen Jameson is a children's author, a poet, a teacher, and a literacy advocate. She lives and works in Southern California. 

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