Sweet Dreams

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“The award-winning singer has taken one of her songs and created a gorgeous picture book to accompany her voice on the CD included,” raved School Library Journal about Jewel’s first picture book, That’s What I’d Do.

In Sweet Dreams, a mother’s soothing lullaby opens the door to an imagined adventure for her sleeping child. Amy June Bates’s luminous illustrations capture the beautiful world of dreams that every mother wishes for her child. The pair rows though the indigo night ...

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Overview

“The award-winning singer has taken one of her songs and created a gorgeous picture book to accompany her voice on the CD included,” raved School Library Journal about Jewel’s first picture book, That’s What I’d Do.

In Sweet Dreams, a mother’s soothing lullaby opens the door to an imagined adventure for her sleeping child. Amy June Bates’s luminous illustrations capture the beautiful world of dreams that every mother wishes for her child. The pair rows though the indigo night sky and catches shimmering stars in their silver net. Cascading clouds spill form the Big Dipper, drawing them along their night journey.

This package includes a hardcover book along with a CD of the song sung by Jewel.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
It is easy to dismiss celebrity-written children's books as vanity pieces without much quality or substance. Certainly, there is an established track record of these less than stellar books. But Sweet Dreams, a book and CD set by country-crossover singer, Jewel, far exceeds those expectations. Jewel has taken a song from her 2009 album Lullaby and turned it into a moving, if melancholy treat for new parents. Recalling the old traditional lullaby, Sleep, Baby, Sleep or the classic Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat, Amy June Bates' dusky dark blue and black pages show a mother on a sea voyage with her child, gathering nets full of stars which they take to the child's father in a large clockwork house where the boy slumbers on his father's shoulder. The book and all of its illustrations convey, not a nighttime adventure, but the purest sense of peace at bedtime. Each refrain ends with the words we have all spoken to our children: "Believe me it's true. There's nothing that I would not do, for my dream is sweet dreams for you." Mother and child are slightly blurry, throughout, giving a sense of the dreams of a child. However, the child is bright-eyed as he reaches for stars from the safety of his mother's arms. The accompanying CD includes Jewell's lullaby inspired by her own son, written in a minor key but sung so beautifully that it should become a beloved part of any child's bedtime ritual. Words and pictures are so beautifully attuned that there is nothing but harmony in this book. A wonderful present for new parents and a worthy addition to library read-along book collections. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
Kirkus Reviews
Lyrics to a song from the album "Lullaby" are adapted by the composer/lyricist as a tender expression of maternal love. Mother evokes everything that is lovely and ethereal to demonstrate her joy at having this baby in her life. There are moonbeams, twinkling stars and "endless blue skies." All of this is to wish that only sweet dreams follow the child forever. There are some lovely images, and the emotions are heartfelt, but there is a major problem with construction and syntax in this adaptation. If the lyrics are to be read as poetry, they lack structure and consistency of rhyme and rhythm. "Like a dream I am falling into silver threads lined with dew" and "Each breath that you breathe is a brushstroke that leads me to you" are awkwardly worded and essentially meaningless statements. Bates' chalk and gouache illustrations on chalkboard-painted paper are greatly appealing. Backgrounds of deep, dark night skies highlighted with bright yellow stars and constellations are filled with clever details that come as close as possible to conveying literal meaning to the vagaries of the text. Rather than reading aloud, adults might want to preview the song on the included CD and perhaps play the song and sing along while showing the pictures to their little ones. Well intentioned, but this song doesn't work in picture-book format. (Picture book. 1-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442489318
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 434,039
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Jewel

Jewel is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, and actress. She has four internationally bestselling albums and has been nominated for five Grammys. Jewel is the author of the New York Times bestselling A Night Without Armor and Chasing Down the Dawn, as well as the children’s books That’s What I’d Do and Sweet Dreams, both illustrated by Amy June Bates. She lives with her husband and son in rural Texas.

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including That’s What I’d Do and Sweet Dreams by Jewel; Waiting for the Magic by Patricia McLachlan; Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull; The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest; and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives with her husband and three children in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Visit her at AmyBates.com.

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