The Land Of Smaerd

Summary:

Dreams live in a special place called Smaerd. They are just waiting for you to make them come true. As you can imagine, Smaerd is quite busy, and once in awhile, dreams collide. Those are nightmares ... but there's a solution for them.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A soothing story and dreamy images make this a nice story for reading before bed. Emerging readers will be helped by the rhyme scheme.

Content Awareness Factors:

The rhymes don't always keep the same cadence. But we've read a lot worse!


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter wants to be a dolphin trainer, so she was immediately captivated by the cover (girl riding a dolphin). She really liked the book and searched for the dream mosaic on all of the pages.

Parent Reaction

This is a beautiful book. Even if you don't read a word, the soothing images will bring you calm. The illustrations are gorgeous and have several layers. For example, the illustration of Smaerd is more than just mountains and rocky crags. You could almost imagine Puff the Magic Dragon in the background.

Type of Book:
This is a soothing picture book that engages children in thinking about positive, imaginative dreams.
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with nearly 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This will help kids through several stages of dreams and nightmares. The illustrations make it a book to explore without words, too.

Title The Land of Smaerd
Author Andrea Von Botefuhr, Angela Russell
Publisher Know Wonder Publishing © 2008
Illustrators Bryn Barnard
ISBN 9780615181127
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Poetry, Fantasy
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