What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there's nothing of concern in this gentle picture book.
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.
Families can talk 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?