In this wordless picture book, a dandelion bud blooms into a lion and goes on a grand adventure before going to seed.
Without roots to keep him grounded, Dandelion hops a train, rides on a sheep, and sails on a boat to travel to the city. Amidst the city bustle, Lion goes unnoticed. When he sees a movie, he figures out how to fly home.
Read the book to discover the heartfelt ending, a subtle message of the circle of life.
Yoko Tanaka’s charcoal illustrations pop with vibrant yellow to illuminate Dandelion’s warm character.
This book promotes creative components of imagination, nature, and wonder.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because readers can engage their imaginations to develop their storytelling skills while gaining a hint at the cycle of life.
TITLE: Dandelion’s Dream
AUTHOR: Yoko Tanaka
ILLUSTRATOR: Yoko Tanaka
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2020
AGE GROUP: 3-7
TOPIC(S): wordless, adventure
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder
1) Make a wish on a dandelion.
2) Research the life cycle of a dandelion. Draw out each life stage.
3) Did you know that dandelions are one of the first plants to bloom in the spring? They are early bloomers because their nectar supplies vital food to the queen bee who is emerging from hibernation. Name an additional three ways that dandelions are an important part of the ecosystem.
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