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Dream Big

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  99 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
One by one, Caterpillar, Tadpole, and Flamingo gaze up at the night sky and wish upon a star for their wildest dreams. Baboon insists these dreams could never come true. But when he sees Caterpillar turn into a winged butterfly, Tadpole into a dancing frog, and Flamingo into a beautiful pink bird, Baboon realizes that a transformative power exists between the stars and the ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Whispering Stories
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dream Big, is a bedtime-esq children’s story book.

Moody Buffoon is always grumpy and tries to quash the other animals dreams. First, he tells Caterpillar, who dreams of being able to fly, that he won’t be able to with all of his feet clinging on to the tree.

Next, when Tadpole dreams of dancing, Buffoon tells him that he’s got no chance as he has no feet to follow a beat. He then tells Flamingo that she is too ordinary, when Flamingo tells him that she dreams of being beautiful.

When one by one th
Kristi Betts
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love the idea to "dream big" and follow your dreams. However, I feel this book misses the boat. Are the animal's (caterpillar, tadpole, and flamingo) dreams really being fulfilled, or is it simply their life cycle? To me, the book is almost confusing. As an adult, I know the caterpillar will transform into a butterfly and the tadpole to a frog. As I was reading I kept trying to figure out what the baboon was going to turn into at the end of the book. Maybe I am being too critical, but that is ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, childrens
I read this with my 5 year old daughter.
We thought the story was just okay.
The pictures were very bright and colorful, my daughter gives them a thumbs up.
We liked that the story was about not giving up on your dreams.
I wish the dreams were not things that are going to happen because of nature/biology, but because the creatures had to work for them. I think the author missed an opportunity there. With the story as is (caterpillar becoming butterfly, tadpole becoming frog, etc.) these are things
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my 3 year old last night; she was filled with awe. It was such a positive, thought provoking story. After our second reading of the book she looked at me and asked, "So I can be an Elephant right?" I found myself laughing and she asked what was so funny; I then straighten my demeanor. I looked at my daughter and said, "Yes, you can be whatever your heart desires; even an elephant! Are you sure you want to be that big though?" She replied, "No silly, I just wanted to know it was ok ...more
Kenny Rutherford
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised at how many reviews there are for this book that are overly critical and negative. It is a children's book. It has bright, colourful pages. It uses words/sounds that would be fun for children to hear/say. It has a few parable-like stories that are intended, not to be taken literally but, to promote self-confidence and ambition. The world needs more positive messages like this for children and even adults. It uses a recognizable children's song to further its point. It even ends wit ...more
Gail Lynch
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best new picture book I have read in awhile. Different animals dream to be better versions of themselves, and their dreams come true. The African animals are different ones which children will be familiar. The book helps children believe that their dreams can come true too. The illustrations are wonderful too.
I won my copy from Goodreads and will be giving it to my grandchildren.
Lynn Demsky
A most wonderful inspirational book for kids of all ages! The illustrations are stunning with some concealed meanings in them --- a song to learn, a dance to play with your other friends ---not enough stars to rate this book! A truly Inspirational Messages for ALL OF US – you can be whatever you want and how to be the best of what you are! Also has some great ideas and suggestions at the end to help you “follow your dreams.”
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great inspirational book for the younger child. It is full of lots of captivating scenarios where dreams come true. It's a pleasure to read and is so easy to get into the spirit of the book that it brings laughter and joy to the both the narrator and listener. And I cannot say enough about how I enjoyed the illustrations ... they were really beautiful. A wonderful gift idea!
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
Jasmine Nangauta
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so amazed as soon as I opened the cover of this book! It has such a good storyline and wonderful eye catching illustrations! It's definitely something I could read every night to my daughter!
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book and all the swag it came with! My daughter loved it too. Very cute pictures to go with a great story. A fun book for the great meaning behind the plot.

I won this book through Goodreads for my honest opinion.
Melanie Haynes
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This book is perfect for little kids who are in the early stages of reading or still need read too. It is a great book for the formative years in teaching them confidence in their dreams and themselves despite what others may say. Written in a way to entertain the child and to teach them the power of positive thinking. Much love for this book!
James Schattel
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children, parents, and teachers
Shelves: giveaways
All I can say is wow! I absolutely loved reading this book to my child. He loves to read about animals and learn from them. This book is beautifully illustrated and written. It has great encouragement in the book and helps children to believe in their dreams. There is also a good website that anyone can go to that has great activities, that you and your children can do together. It is: which has awesome coloring sheets, facts about animals from the book, and also great curr ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Should be read to all children! This is a great book about believing you can become anything you want, if you wish for it hard enough and believe and work for it! Great illustrations!
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book is great for young readers. We all experience that one person we tell our dreams to, our friend. Some times they tell us that our dreams are unattainable. We have to hold on to our dreams and wish upon a Star. The Universe is listening. We can attain our dreams, if we keep on believing.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-crowd
Thanks to the author!
I gave it to a precious young lady, who was glad to have.
Hope you all have big dreams, and never give up on them.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really well done book! I'd say that the author & publisher did not 'just get by' on this's very well made, big, very pretty/nice & inviting illustrations all the way through it. The pages are nice heavy, thick pages.....a book that will stand up to repeated use! My book even came with neat bookmarks & coloring/activity pages to go along with the message of the story.....which was very nice. It's definitely a good story to share with little ones. I think the book 'pr ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated. Grandkids love it!
Christina Roberts
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book, read with my 7 year old and she loved it. Beautiful art, great message. This is a new favorite ^_^ Thank you!!
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads. I am an ECE Administrator and I enjoyed this book immensely. I enjoyed it so much, that I took it to my Early Learning Academy and asked the teachers to read it to see if they might want to order some or do some of the activities in the back. So good!
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simply beautiful, vibrant illustrations and a sweet message about believing in yourself. I like how the animals were all friends and cheered each other on. While I understand that "dreaming big" isn't necessarily why a tadpole turns into a frog, or a caterpillar into a butterfly, I liked that the book included the transformation as it's still a valuable concept for young children to learn. We enjoyed reading this together at bedtime, talking about the different animals, and learning all about Af ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads-wins
I am so thankful that I won this book. It is filled with encouragement and love. Great book for classroom or just to give your child an inspirational read <3
Maggies Daisy
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humanity
Magnificent, I wanted this for my Grandaughter who will be six this year. She will be super excited to receive this book. She's a budding artist so one of the things I have always told her is to dream big so in tune with what this wonderfully artistic embellished story is about. One of the best things about this book is that it is not too long or too short plus the content is easy for small children to comprehend. I am looking forward to when she will read this book back to me and we both can ma ...more
Myra Reads
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Birthday gift to daughter for classroom library. Good message.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good children's book.
J. Roslyn
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Dream Big" is an extraordinary children's book that successfully transports the reader, young and old, to the magical time when life was forming and changing "in the wilds of East Africa, when the savannas were new." In the hot orange of the daytime, to the music of cynical Baboon's drum beat, Caterpillar longs to fly, Tadpole longs to dance, Flamingo longs to be beautiful, and Termite longs for a home. Cynical Baboon laughs and sneers at them, until, during the cool blue of the evening,"Whoosh ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The best thing about this book is the illustrations. They are bright, colourful and full of details. The pictures alone will elicit a conversation with the child you are reading with. This is a story about dreaming the impossible. Each night baboon watches as the other animals wish on a star for their wildest dreams. Caterpillar wishes to fly and then he turns into a butterfly. Tadpole wants to dance and turns into a frog and flamingo wants to be beautiful and grows into a bright colourful bird. ...more
Rebecca Light
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I actually have a big issue with the message here. The caterpillar flying and tadpole jumping had nothing to do with their dreams, it had to do with biology. To me it sent the message that you don't have to work for your dreams, you just have to believe in them and then wait. But if the caterpillar was a worm instead, guess what, he would never get to fly. Or maybe there's a story to be told about a worm that wants to fly and figures out how he can through hard work and grit. That's a story I wa ...more
Amanda Wilcox
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable! The pictures are totally captivating and it has a great message! My daughter and I read it together and then some family friends were over and she read it to their daughter. Wonderful!
Jason Smith
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ed230-books
Dream Big is a book about a group of animals in the desert who all wish something different about themselves. However, a moody baboon feels the need to constantly remind everyone what they are and that they can’t change; but this moody baboon doesn’t control everyone and as long as you believe in yourself you can be anything you want to be. This book was a fairly decent book. I liked the illustrations, they featured lots of bright colors and did a good job mixing full page bleeds with framed pic ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whooosh! Wham! This book is fantastic!

Join one moody baboon, his animal friends and one big -SHHHHH!- secret in Dream Big by Kat Kronenberg
One by one, Baboon watches his animal friends make a secret on a twinkling star. Baboon sneers thinking Caterpiller could never possibly fly like a bird with all those feet! At first, Caterpiller thinks Baboon is right and hides away in his cocoon, but then Caterpillar thinks and believes he truly can fly! But Baboon has a wish, too. Will his ever come true?

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