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If I Had a Little Dream: 03/01/20
If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillón is a picture book I read for the illustrations. The book description says it's a child's view of "how fortunate we are to live in the world we do." It's an accurate description and a good indicator of whether or not you'll like the book.
The text is a series of forced rhymes about the sorts of things you'd find in a a "Chicken Soup for the __________ Soul" picture book. These mini-poems are sugary wholesome and left me feeling woozy.
Melissa Castrillón's illustrations though are delightful. There's a whimsy to them that brings to mind the art style that was so popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. But that sense of childhood nostalgia isn't enough to counteract the saccharine prose.