Mabel and the Queen of Dreams
Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bedtime-avoiding excuses. “I’m thirsty.” “I need to use the bathroom.” “Will you tell me a story?” Luckily, Mom’s quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children’s dreams and can only visit when their eyes are closed. Inspired by Mercutio’s soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people’s dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot, the soothing story evokes images of an ant in a worn gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. Told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents get their kids to sleep. For ages 0-6.
I received a copy of Mabel and the Queen of Dreams free for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from yours.
My Review of Mabel and the Queen of Dreams
If you’ve got a little one who loves making excuses for not going to bed, you’ve got to read them Mabel and the Queen of Dreams. Mabel is a little girl who just does not want to go to bed. She needs a drink. She isn’t tired. Does this sound familiar? Thankfully, Mabel’s mom has the solution!
Thus begins the story of the Fae Queen who tells Mabel how she gives children their dreams. With each dream explanation, Mabel gets a little more sleepy until finally she falls asleep, so the Fae Queen can give her a dream.
This story is very simple, yet the detailed and gorgeous illustrations bring it much life. I loved looking at all of the details in the pictures. You will love reading this with your little one!
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