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Dreaming of You

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  33 reviews
This soothing bedtime story explores the question, When animals sleep, what do they see in their dreams?

The lyrical text tells readers that chipmunks dream of digging deep burrows, puppies dream of long, waggy walks, and horses dream of wild, windy rides. But most of all, the animals dream of all the fun and adventure the next day will bring. The gentle rhymes and gorgeous
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Boyds Mills Press
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Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was thinking of watching my dog dreaming, her paws twitching and paddling in her sleep as if she is running, and the soft sounds of excitement she makes, as I read this book. I have often wondered what her dreams are made of. This delightful book helps us to imagine how animals dream, and what they dream about. I particularly loved the pages devoted to horses, and thoroughly enjoyed the images these following words conjured in my mind's eye: "Horses are dreaming of you telling secrets into lon ...more
Paul  Hankins
The magic of this book begins in the front material with a depiction of a child's legs in yellow, full-of-stars footy pajamas who is dragging a stuff monkey across the opening's spread. Somewhere, anywhere, a child is getting ready to go to bed. A reader can already tell that this book is going to be special.

Gentle quatrains with an a-b-c-b rhyme scheme ponder what animals dream about as they dream about us. With some of the quatrains appearing across the spreads in couplets, the reader gets a
Liked the illustrations better than the text.
Michele Knott
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful poem tucked inside this sweet nighttime story.
Rebecca Gomez
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet book, flowing rhyme. What child wouldn’t want to imagine animals dreaming of them while they slept?
Lovely picture book that considers what a variety of pets and farm animals and woodland animals dream about when they sleep. Great for lessons in rhyming and in stimulating imagination. The illustrations by Aaron DeWitt in mixed media are gentle, colorful, and charming.
Mary Lee
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, rhyming, baby
One of the sweetest goodnight books ever!
Laura Shovan
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful book of gentle poems from Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. This one will have a special place in the hearts of children who love and take comfort from the outdoors or from animal companions. Each spread features a familiar animal: frogs, fish, horses, birds, bunnies, etc. Four lines of verse imagine what each animal might dream about, including their interaction with children. My favorite page is about fish who dream "of swimming beside you/tickling your feet as you're wading and splash ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, poetry, bedtime
Lovely text and soothing illustrations. Just right for a bedtime book.
Laura Salas
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's new book, DREAMING OF YOU. This rhyming bedtime story imagines what all the animals are dreaming about. Wonderful details and fun language make it fresh and beautiful. Here's one of my favorite stanzas:

Chipmunks are dreaming of digging deep burrows.
Chipmunks are dreaming of fat, seedy cheeks.
Chipmunks are dreaming of racing and chasing you,
cheerfully playing at hide-and-go-seek.

And what fun for kids to chant along with the phrase, "____s are dreaming," which is r
Baby Bookworm
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Dreaming Of You, written by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and illustrated by Aaron DeWitt, a charmingly sweet bedtime book filled with animal friends.

What do animals dream of when it’s time for bed? Well, all sort of things. Kittens dream of lapping fresh milk, turtles dream of sunning themselves on the rocks, fireflies dream of dancing in the cold moonlight. But perh
Luisa Knight
Just a little long feeling and you can't take the ending literally - the entire books shows what animals dream about, and it's not you as the book's ending states haha.

Ages: 3 - 7

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Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story takes the reader through dreams of both animals and a young child. The author shares what each animal is dreaming of and connects it back to the child.
Colorful illustrations draw the young reader in to share the dreams.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
I really wish authors would stop writing about cats drinking milk. Unless it's milk from their mother, milk is actually very bad for cats.

But even from that side note, I didn't care for the story.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very sweet night-time book (lovely illustrations)
I love the illustrations and this is a cute idea overall, may be a bit to wordy though.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely bedtime story contemplating what animals see in their dreams.
this book is worth buying just have the picture of the sleeping bunnies! the rhythm is so sweet and gentle--perfect for bedtime!
Kristina Jean Lareau
Repetitive, gentle and rhyming...perfect to pull you to sleep.
Good sleepy-time book.
Sweet bedtime book about what animals dream about. Pretty illustrations.
Juliana Lee
Sweet bedtime rhymes about animals dreaming of you. Tadpoles dream of becoming frogs and splashing with you in the bogs... Robins dream of singing and flying with you...etc.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cute illustrations and a very sweet story. I love the cadence of this story when it is read out loud.
Alyssa Gudenburr
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very long for a bedtime story.
Great Books
The perfect bedtime rhyme for little ones. When animals sleep, what do they dream about? Maybe about all of the adventurous things they're going to do tomorrow.
Reviewer 24
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Bedtime storytime pick.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Beautiful pictures
Rhyming verses
Sharon Lawler
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Gentle bedtime story animals and their dreams.
Miss Sarah
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A sweet and soothing book about aniomals hopes and dreams. Preschool and up
“Tonight may you dream of what animals dream. When they sleep, what do animals see?”

Sweet bedtime story.
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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is author of children’s books including FOREST HAS A SONG (Clarion), EVERY DAY BIRDS (Scholastic), and READ! READ! READ! (WordSong). She is also author of POEMS ARE TEACHERS (Heinemann) and co-author of POETRY: BIG THOUGHTS IN SMALL PACKAGES (Heinemann). A former fifth grade teacher, Amy received her MA from Teachers College, has taught writing for nineteen years, and blogs ...more

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