26 Aug 2022


  One of several bloggers including friend of Pen and Paper, Gina over at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers  {see her thoughts on the book here} who over 5 days will be participating in this Blog Tour. Today {the 5th day of the Tour) its my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on ...

DREAMS IN A JAR by KATE STAVES with illustrations by Karen Bunting.

Genre ... Children's Picture Book (Ages 2-7)

Publication Date ... 9th June 2021

Standalone Picture Book

Estimated Page Count ...  32

What if you could keep a little piece of your dreams to hold on to forever?

Put on your very best pyjamas and get ready for a magical journey through the land of dreams, collecting trinkets and souvenirs as we go!

In this story, a flower isn’t just a flower…it’s a pixie hat! A rusty old bolt isn’t just a rusty old bolt…it’s a piece of a rocket ship that blasted past a star! Let’s collect up all of these precious treasures together and keep them somewhere safe…I know, how about in a special jar?

A sweet, rhyming adventure story to share with your little dreamer ... Synopsis

There's a secret I keep

that you might think bizarre

I  collect up all the dreams I have 

and keep them in a jar ... First Sentence Verse {Page not numbered}

I dreamt I was a pixie and I lived inside a tree

I  wore a flower as a hat and took it home with me ... Memorable Moment {Page not numbered}

Such an incredibly sweet little book to read with your little dreamers, the bright, bold illustrations divine; both myself and my little bookworms absolutely adored Dreams In A Jar which is all about a little girl who takes something from each of her dreams whether it be a coin from a pirate ship or a pebble from the time ancient beasts roamed and puts them in a jar in order to remember them. 

As a vivid dreamer myself {and someone I admit who has treasured the most strangest things} I was delighted that the reading of the book led to an amusing conversation about dreams and what I and my fellow bookworms would have kept to put in a jar which of course led to pleas for another reading of the story 'just to remind us of the dreams and what the little girl put in her jar.'

A book that will doubtlessly become a firm favourite, as always the children loved that the book was written in rhyme. It was even reported to me by one of the parents who had been struggling to get their little bookworm to go to bed that that night they had happily gone to bed clutching, what else, but of course, an empty coffee jar.

About Kate Staves ... Kate Staves is an independent children's author living in the historic city of York, when she is not writing fun filled children’s books she is caring for her own two little children and is currently expecting baby number three!

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PS The second Blog Tour for one of Kate's books that I have participated in recently, if you missed my thoughts on Now That You're Here, another lovely read, please click here


Gina said...

Agreed entirely! It was simply charming!

Kelly said...

This sounds like a clever story. I, too, am a vivid dreamer and while not always bad dreams, they're not always good, either! I would be very picky about which ones/things to keep!

nightwingsraven said...

After reading your- and Gina's review.
This sounds like a truly delightful
book with a heartfelt message about
how special dreams are. And that we
should hold on to them.