Let Your Imagination Soar: I Dreamed I Was a Bird!

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?dreamed bird

What I Liked:

  1. 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.
  2. Stanley never names his young protagonist, which makes it easy for readers to insert themselves into the story.
  3. The illustrations feature scenes from around the world, subtly offering parents the opportunity to teach about world geography and cultures.
  4. Since many children first learn to paint with watercolors, the watercolor illustrations help children envision their own art as masterpieces.
  5. 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.
  6. The text has a pleasing, musical rhyme.

What I disliked

  1. Because of the simple nature of the story, unique plot elements are scarce.
  2. 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:
IMG_7668“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.”


Oil Pastel by Archie (8)



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10 Responses to Let Your Imagination Soar: I Dreamed I Was a Bird!

  1. Shana Gorian says:

    I love the artwork in Stanley’s books. Great review! Looking forward to reading it!

  2. Thank you so much for your review! I would just like to say that I LOVED the review by your six-year-old daughter. I hope she enjoys reading it to her little brother, and that she continues to imagine that she’s a parrot! 🙂

    • Forever Joyful says:

      Thanks so much for providing us with such a great book. I am sorry my posting of your comment got delayed. It got caught in a spam filter. Parrots are rather fun birds, right!

  3. Leslie, I loved the fact that your daughter reviewed the book with you! Have a great week!

    • Forever Joyful says:

      This is the second book she’s reviewed with me. Now I need to find a good one for my eight-year-old to help me with.

  4. When I was a child I would dream I was flying.
    I even told my mom I was going to fly and I would practice & practice…LOL

    visiting from LMM

  5. What a great review! How fun that your daughter gave it a review also! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week 🙂

  6. Gayl Wright says:

    Sounds like a cute book for younger kids. 🙂 I, too, love it that your daughter reviewed it with you. Blessings!

  7. Mary Hill says:

    I love books about imagination and encouraging our children to dream. Love this review. I always wished I could fly like a bird. 🙂

  8. Your daughter’s review is priceless! Love it! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

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