The day has ended. Hasn’t it been splendid? But now, it’s time—to be sure—for an entirely different adventure.
This is an invitation to a new nighttime ritual, a going-to-bed book that reminds us all that bedtime can be the most wonderful time of all...
The spellbinding style and alluring rhythm of Justine Avery's writing are brought to life by Liuba Syrotiuk’s dreamlike watercolor illustrations to inspire children and adults to set aside the day’s excitement and drift into the adventure of sleep itself.
What Wonders Do You See... When You Dream? encourages calm and creativity, relaxation and imagination, and welcomes young and old alike to the blissful, magical time of bedtime.
About the Author
Liuba Syrotiuk is a Ukrainian designer and watercolor artist. She works as an interior designer and watercolor illustrator. Liuba is a bright and sunny person, willing to find beauty in everything, especially in nature. Traveling around the world with a small box of watercolors makes her the happiest person.
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite What Wonders Do You See... When You Dream? is a children’s picture book written by Justine Avery and illustrated by Liuba Syrotiuk. What if kids didn’t groan when it was time for bed? What if they looked forward to dreaming as a great adventure? Avery’s picture book celebrates the dreamscapes kids encounter when they’re finally tucked up, relaxed and ready to sleep. And just in case kids are having trouble settling in, she gives them fun and easy-to-follow relaxation exercises to get them ready for their nightly adventures. Parents will also appreciate how fluidly she integrates the concepts of cleaning up toys and brushing teeth as a prelude to those wonder-filled dreams. What Wonders Do You See... When You Dream? is a gorgeously illustrated and eloquently written picture book about dreaming. I noted just a hint of wistfulness in the author’s closing words asking a child to share those dreams. Far from being an end to the fun and play of the waking world, Avery’s story offers kids a different way of looking at their sleeping and dream-states. Each of Liuba Syrotiuk’s outstanding watercolor illustrations held me spellbound and captivated. Her skillful use of washes and lovely flowing strokes of color make those dreams Avery speaks of seem so real. Avery’s story is also a perceptive guide to lucid dreaming; one that counsels kids on drawing joy and wonder from those strange and vivid movies unfolding before their eyes while they are dreaming. I can’t think of a better selection for a bedtime story. What Wonders Do You See... When You Dream? Is most highly recommended.
After a school day, games and various activities, night has come and with it the time to go to sleep. For many it is also the time to take up the tale of the previous night and see where they will continue their adventure while they sleep. However, for many children, this is the worst time of the day. Either because they have nightmares or because they get to the night very excited, the thing is that they perceive sleeping as a chore and that they wish to postpone at all costs. Put them to bed is distressing and almost a nightmare. What Wonders Do You See…When You Dream? proposes a different form, pretty and effective to prepare children, from before going to sleep and throughout the process. From collecting toys, clean themselves and putting on pajamas until the moment they’re already in bed and falling asleep. With some pretty pictures and which well illustrate the process. Accompanied by a short but precise text, that in some cases rhymes and it even turns out catchy. Through the use of simple breathing techniques, gets the kids to relax little by little, to clear their mind of all day activity and also, they think of the dream as a new opportunity to live new and fun experiences.