A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Roar Like a Dandelion uses the alphabet as a structure, but letter-learning isn't really the point. The power of imagination is a lesson here as well.
Laugh -- at funny books, at silly pictures, at yourself. Be joyful. Be patient. Be present. Find your voice. Take in the beauty all around you. Greet each day with excitement.
Positive Role Models
The animals, bugs, and creatures in this book come off as imaginative, silly, fun, curious, at peace, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roar Like a Dandelion, is a never-before-published story by the late Ruth Krauss, a giant in the world of American children's literature, with pictures by award-winning illustrator Sergio Ruzzier. Krauss uses the letters of the alphabet as a jumping-off point for whimsical command-poems, like the title. While this is an ABC book, letter-learning isn't really the point; wordplay and the comical illustrations are. Words and pictures capture the whimsy, joy, silliness, and adventurous spirit of childhood. Implied positive messages include: Laugh -- at funny books, at silly pictures, at yourself. Be joyful, be patient, be present. Take in the beauty all around you. Greet each day with excitement. Ruzzier's illustrations include animals, bugs, and creatures that model creativity, whimsy, humor, curiosity, enthusiasm, mindfulness, and determination. Appropriate for all ages.
Is It Any Good?
A true delight, this charming, witty ABC book will enchant readers young and old alike. While the alphabet lends itself to the story as a structure, this book isn't about learning letters. It's about evoking pleasure and joy while reading with young children. And that it does. The often silly and always engaging commands are complimented perfectly by Ruzzier's ink-and-watercolor illustrations, which pay homage to Maurice Sendak's iconic style. The pictures ably rise to the challenge of Krauss' commands, which range from clear and simple, like "Nod YES," to the poetic: "Open your eyes, see the sea/ Shut them fast, lock it in." For this latter command, Ruzzier packs the page with meditative, closed-eyed fish and sea creatures peacefully being present to a moment of beauty. There's no shortage of childlike exuberance and humor, either. Kids will love echoing the yellow-bellied red frog, arms open to the day, and its lily-pond home as it commands, "Yell, 'Good morning, big fat world!'" This attention to and respect for the energy, imagination, and silliness of children will make this an instant favorite for young readers and the adults in their lives.
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