Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Peter H. Reynolds
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Publisher: Orchard Books
Colorful and entertaining, Happy Dreamer takes the reader on a journey through the many types of dreaming that exist in a child's mind. Quiet dreaming, loud dreaming, colorful dreaming - it shows the different paths our thoughts may take. This story shows that, just like in life, sometimes people will try to restrict your creativity, but as a dreamer you can bounce right back and dream on. This book teaches you to embrace your impulses and imagination and be yourself! No matter how much people try to box you in, you can break free and dream big.
Peter H. Reynolds uses this story to encourage children to embrace their own creativity and realize that there is not just one way of doing things. The story portrays the idea that we should embrace our tendencies to be creative rather than quelling them to fit a societal standard. Not only is this book vibrant and fun, but it can be used educationally as well. The exciting illustrations and message of the story can facilitate a discussion about recognizing the different ways that we dream and about being our own selves. This book can put various types of thinking into perspective for young children and help them embrace their unique ways of doing things. Happy Dreamer is an entertaining and educational book, especially fit for young readers.