Author Christopher P. Stanley whisks readers young and old alike to a simple yet wondrous world of imagination with his whimsical picture book titled I Dreamed I Was a Bird. Who does not want to soar over the world in this gentle adventure?
What I Liked:
- The book has an innocently simple feeling that transported me back to picture books from my own childhood that were less flashy than many modern ones yet equally wonderful.
- Stanley never names his young protagonist, which makes it easy for readers to insert themselves into the story.
- The illustrations feature scenes from around the world, subtly offering parents the opportunity to teach about world geography and cultures.
- Since many children first learn to paint with watercolors, the watercolor illustrations help children envision their own art as masterpieces.
- This is an excellent book for older children to share with younger siblings or for a parent to read to a young child. Illustrations also serve as a good spring point for discussion.
- The text has a pleasing, musical rhyme.
What I disliked
- Because of the simple nature of the story, unique plot elements are scarce.
- Unless an older child is sharing this book with a younger child, the story is too simple for children over the age of five or so, limiting its age range.
Overall rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
My six-year-old daughter reviewed this book with me. Here is her take:
“I liked the book I Dreamed I Was a Bird by Christopher P. Stanley. The words were like a song. It was easy for little kids to read, and I would like to share it with my little brother Grant. It made me wish I was a parrot. The book was great but not the best ever.”