Cat Dreams

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, sleepy book will have cat lovers purring.

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Positive messages

Awoken by a nightmare, the cat finds comfort in the lap of her companion.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know there's nothing of concern in this gentle picture book.

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What's the story?

After a bit of running and jumping, a cat settles down for a catnap. She dreams of raining mice, savoring a giant bowl of cream with kibbles, then tumbling out of a catnip tree. Startled awake, she seeks comfort in the coziest spot in the house: someone’s warm lap.

Is it any good?

This is a good choice for young children who enjoy animals. Ursula Le Guin’s gentle, rhyming text isn’t very engaging and is sometimes awkward, with occasional moments of grace: “I’m singing a song inside of my fur.” The imagery -- raining mice, a catnip tree -- may catch kids’ interest. The quiet tone and slow pace make it a cozy, snuggly read before nap time. S.D. Schindler’s affectionate portraits nicely capture felines at rest and play.

Artwork is full of soft, textured detail.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dreams. What kinds of dreams do you have? Do you try to wake yourself up when a dream gets scary or unpleasant?

  • This book imagines what a cat might dream about. What do you think dogs, birds, or other animals might dream about?

Book details

For kids who love animals

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