- Book Style: Story for toddlers
- Reading Level: 3 (Read Alone: longer length, some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 10-12 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: it’s all about magic, so…magical!
- Age Target: 1-10 Years of Age
- Author: Rikki Loadsman
- Purchase Page: Rikkiloadsman.com
- Social Media Links: Facebook
The Magic of Dreams is a storybook for toddlers written by Rikki Loadsman. It’s a complex story that manages to be told without confusing readers (or their little ones), and as a result it’s a lot of fun. If I walk you through the story, you’ll understand. Hang on!
Our story begins in a magical forest that has magical fairies and a magical Fairy Queen. There’s even a magical wishing tree, that ends up being the focal point of the story. A woodcutter comes to the magical forest looking to cut down trees in order to build a house for his family. He ends up finding the magic wishing tree and, without knowing it’s magical or special, decides to chop it down. Every time he tries to cut down the tree, he’s stopped by one of the animals living in the forest. In the end, he’s approached by another magical character, the wizard. The wizard explains how special the tree is, but he also explains that the woodcutter could get everything he wanted if he simply believes in magic and dreams. The woodcutter does, and ends up getting the house he wished for. He even ends up with a warm apple pie that his wife has baked him.
Like I said, that’s a complex story. I’ve even left out a great bit of detail in that breakdown, but again Rikki has done a great job building the story and its characters in such a way that it never becomes confusing. One of the things I noticed that our author was doing was that she was taking a break from the story each time a new character came into the story. She didn’t just introduce a character, give a one line description, and then jump in. No, she gives you and your toddler time to understand who this new character is and how they fit into the story. Then Rikki gets back to storytelling. It’s an excellent method to keep what could have been an overly complicated story, relatively simple and clear.
Now, I don’t always do this but I’m going to tell you a little bit about Rikki Loadsman. Why? Well, it’s hard to understand just how positive this book is until you understand a little about our author. Essentially, after taking some time to discuss the book with Rikki, I’ve found that she is an incredible person who really just lives to help people. She doesn’t just have one degree, but two (Psychology and Counselling, no less), and is a single mother of 2 of her own children. If that wasn’t enough, she runs her own business where she teaches clients empowerment through a holistic method.
There’s one more thing that I think is important about our author. See, she’s gone through some incredibly hard times in her life. She’s openly discussed a couple of incidents of full breakdowns that she’s had to pull herself through. I think for anyone that’s dealt with issues of the mind, so to speak, you know just how hard the fight can be. Now then, why is all of this important? Well, I think it brings to light just what this book is about. It’s really about believing in yourself and the dreams you have, and then going out and getting them. The book has a Fairy Queen and talking animals in it, but it’s truly a story that will teach your toddler the benefits of dreaming big and working hard to achieve those dreams. As a parent, I think it’s important to read books with a strong moral basis, and I love that this one has hidden the message in what is otherwise a very beautiful story. I also love that the author has put so much of herself into this one.
We all know toddlers love the illustrations. In fact, it’s probably the most important thing for toddlers. Schenker De Leon is the illustrator for The Magic of Dreams, and he’s really chosen a style here that lends itself to the story. What I mean by that is we’re in a magical forest, and he’s really done everything in his power to make the book look magical. It’s not intended to look futuristic or blow your child’s mind away with its hi-definition. No, it’s intended to look like something along the lines of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. In fact, note the lion in the picture above and tell me you don’t get that sense right away.
In any case, this is a pretty easy story to recommend to our readers. Your toddler will absolutely love the illustrations and you’ll love the messaging it’s instilling. While we normally show you books only for sale on Amazon, this one’s a little different. You can head to Rikki’s own website to purchase The Magic of Dreams. You can pay through paypal (which means credit card for you unknowing types) and the book is $24 AUD ($18 USD, approximate). If nothing else, maybe you should sign up for some lifestyle coaching from Rikki!
Thanks for reading…to your toddlers,