Dare to Dream Big
Dare to Dream Big
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Annotation: Dare to dream. Dare to fly higher. Dare to trust...dare to inspire! Dare to do what hasn't been done. Dare to be second ... more
Catalog Number: #193197
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Noakes, Polly,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-492-69485-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-492-69485-4
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Dare to Dream Big jumps on the bandwagon of picture books designed to empower and imbue confidence in young children. Gutierrez skillfully uses rhyme to sweeten a stream of otherwise bland platitudes. For example, she writes, "Dare to reach out and take a chance. / Dare to sing, dare to dance." She also writes "Dare to be who you truly are. / A light in the dark. Be you . . . a star!" The illustrations are tremendously appealing, showing a diverse group of young kids (though none with visible differences in ability) having fun. The joyful artwork shows the children dancing, observing the world, dreaming, crafting a protest sign, dressing up, and clearly enjoying each other's company. Some of the pictures tell a vague but ongoing story about appreciating and protecting the environment. Oddly, there are a few blank starry pages at the end of the book, whose use any unclear. Overall, this upbeat book would fit well into a preschool classroom or library collection.
Publishers Weekly
This picture book poem expressed through rhyme invites children to explore and fully embody their personalities: -Dare to dream,/ Dare to fly higher.- Gutierrez urges readers to express daring as various opportunities present themselves. In one spread, readers are encouraged to -Dare to reach out/ and take a chance- (one child reaches a hand out to another); in another, -Dare to be your own best friend,- a young person enjoys alone time casting shadow puppets on a wall. Noakes employs a loose, inky line and washes of watercolor to create playful scenes, featuring children of varying skin tones diverting themselves in shouts and whispers: bending to a rogue sidewalk flower, marching for a cause, and stargazing. A concise and rhythmic provocation to dreaming and daring. Ages 4-up. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 An inspirational title that challenges kids to be all they can be. In each spread Gutierrez dares readers to dream, do what hasn't been done, see when others don't, reach out, sing, be your own best friend, enjoy a silent night, etc. The rhythmic, poetic text begs to be read aloud. "Dare to be who you truly are. A light in the dark. Be youa star!" The ink and watercolor illustrations are sketchbook loose without sacrificing expressions, individuality, and important details while orange, yellows, greens, blues, and purples abound without overtaking. In the diverse cast of characters one child is wearing a hearing aid, which is not often shown in picture books. VERDICT A call to all children (and adults) to dare to be their best selves featuring an array of characters and perfect text for reading aloud. A solid general purchase.Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K
Lexile: AD200L

Dare to dream. Dare to fly higher. Dare to trust...dare to inspire! Dare to do what hasn't been done. Dare to be second to none! This inspirational picture book encourages children everywhere to dare to dream big, to help others, and speak out for what is right, but also take time for simple joys and to be comfortable in their own skin. Oh the Places You'll Go!for toddlers, Dare to Dream Bigis full of messages about empowerment, encouragement, and the joy of daring to be the best person you can be. "A concise and rhythmic provocation to dreaming and daring."--Publishers Weekly

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