From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-One summer day, while playing in the fields, Sam recalls his granny telling him that you can make a wish if you blow all the dandelion seeds in the air on one breath. He and his friend give it a try, and lo and behold, up the lane comes a magical carnival with "a dancing dragon, a pirate ship-, a mermaid on a seaweed throne, a dinosaur, and a clown." At the end of the day, after a bonfire, fireworks, and songs, the carnival vanishes down the lane again. Early next morning, the children run back to the field and make another wish because "A dandelion wish is a wish to come true-." An imaginative and lyrical text is paired with lovely impressionistic illustrations radiating light and sunshine, and full of feathery dandelion seeds floating everywhere. Indeed, the carnival people seem to be created entirely from the wispy seeds. The half-real and half-dreamlike story is rather slight but will captivate readers with its rhythmic words, as the pictures do with their beauty, giving the book possibilities for storytime as well as quiet one-on-one sharing.Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Bored with their usual games in a sunlit field, two young preschoolers, Sam and Jo, blow away all the seeds of a dandelion head in one breath, and true to tradition, their wish comes true: a rousing carnival comes to their quiet country meadow. Sam is blond, Jo is dark-skinned; both are angelically beautiful. No wild things happen here. The clouds of seeds are like summery snow, and the rhythmic words and glowing, textured double-page spread paintings show a carnival where the horses are golden, the carousel plays a waltz, and even the scariest pirates, dragons, crocodiles, and dinosaurs smile and join in the play. The appeal is that the children are in control of the world of make-believe, which is both cozy and exciting. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved