- Book Style: Set of fairy tales for toddlers and children
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 7-10 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Textured, detailed
- Age Target: 2-8 Years of Age
- Author: Roberto Zanardo and Sabrina Rosano
- Author’s Page: Roberto Zanardo and Sabrina Rosano
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon US – $9.90 USD for Paperback and $2.99 USD for a Kindle copy
- Social Media Links: http://sogni.robertozanardo.com
Cats Dreams is a collection of fairy tales for toddlers and young children alike. Both of the authors take part telling short fairy tales that you can read to your little one. In general, the (seven) fairy tales are intended as a story before bed time and I think they work out very well that way.
For the most part, the fairy tales are relatively short and can be read in just a minute. They’re quick little stories that have been told before but haven’t necessarily been translated into English and told in the way Roberto and Sabrina have done here. What they’ve done that’s so interesting is they’ve transported a culture, not just a set of fairy tales. They’ve brought our children a little bit of Italian culture.
Now, I personally love culturally diverse books when it comes to my toddler. I love when I can bring a little bit of a different flavor to his life, and all of these fairy tales do just that. They have a different feel to them that I really can’t describe, and I love that.
One of my favorite things about the book is the fact that the fairy tales seem to end rather abruptly. It’s not like there’s a long drawn out conclusion in any of these. They’re quick, to the point, and they bring their message to the reader (and your toddler) immediately.
Another thing I love is the illustrations. In speaking with our authors, I understand that these are photos and illustrations from the original works. What this does is provide a real depth to the book. It also provides further feelings of diversity, as no two illustrations are anything alike. They range from a feeling of reading an ancient Indian story to that of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and everything in between. To me, this brings the book a real sense of history and diversity.
In the end, this is a cute little collection of fairy tales for you and your toddler to enjoy. There are a few of these stories that my little guy immediately took to and asked me to read again (Little Chicken Legs, anyone?). In the case of this book, you’re getting seven stories instead of one and you’re also getting a book with an incredibly diverse feel.
What’s more is right now on Kindle, it’s free! You can go and pick up a copy of the book for free and read it. From there, if you look the book you can buy the paperback version for $9.90 USD. Click here to go grab your copy of Cats Dreams: Fairy Tales for the Good Night.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,