- Book Style: Toddler bedtime book
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Dream-like cartoons
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: K.E. Edwards
- Author’s Page: K.E. Edwards
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon eBook – $2.03 USD – Amazon Paperback – $7.95 USD
- Social Media Links: N/A
Sheep Dreams: A Bedtime Story is a toddler bedtime book by K.E. Edwards. We follow a little girl who’s in bed but can’t seem to fall asleep. She returns to the age old tradition of counting sheep, but unfortunately the sheep are all gone out to play. Our protagonist must find each sheep before she can count them. She finds sheep among the stars, in rock bands, at petting zoos, and many other interesting places. By the time she finds all ten of the sheep, the little girl is too tired to do anything and falls asleep (and hopefully your little one will too).
As I said above, counting sheep is an age old tradition. It’s not like a story book about counting sheep hasn’t been done before, and that’s where the genius of this book comes in. Instead of simply producing another counting book, our author has come out with something unique. It becomes an adventure book hidden within a bedtime book and my little toddler loved finding each sheep. He even told me his favorite was the sheep in outer space.
Now, this book is written in the style of a poem. Each page contains a two verse poem and each verse has one rhyme in it. This is easily the best part of the book, as it makes the reading of the story like singing a song. It gives the story a cadence and rhythm all its own.
Another thing that’s unique about this book are its illustrations. I can’t say that I’ve seen another toddler book with this style, and I think the style is extremely well chosen. See, this book is intended as something you read to your little one just before bed. As such, the author has made the style reminiscent of a dream. The characters and scenes are dreamy, and almost a bit hazy. There are some scenes that break away from this style a little bit (they need to), but in general this is a set of illustrations that prepare your little one for bed.
The other thing I love about the illustrations are the sheep characters. I simply can’t say enough about them. They all have great names and they all have a personality of their own. As I said before, my little guy professed to me immediately that Aries was his favorite. What’s important to note here is the fact that my child was able to distinguish the difference between characters almost immediately. It means he was retaining a ton from this story and the illustrations.
In the end, this is a great bedtime story book for toddlers and children. It’s a great twist on a classic story that contains great characters and cute illustrations. It will help your little one sleep, and after all, isn’t that what every parent is looking for in the evening? Head over and pick up this great bedtime story book for kids.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,