DANDELION’S DREAM, by Yoko Tanaka, Candlewick Press

No Words Often Speak Volumes!

What if a dandelion became a real lion? With enchanting, ethereal art, this wordless story shares a world where reality can be transfigured by imagination.

In a meadow filled with dandelion buds just about to flower, one dandelion blooms into a real lion. Roots and leaves unfurl into four tiny paws and a long tail with a fluffy yellow tuft. What a great, wide world there is to explore when you have paws instead of roots: there are fast trains to ride, regal ships to sail, and cities with lights as bright as Dandelion’s field in full bloom. But will a real lion ever be content to go back to being a rooted dandelion? Yoko Tanaka’s exquisite illustrations take us on an adventure where even the smallest seeds contain cosmic dreams.

Out February 2020

40 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is an amazing book that shows how imagination holds no boundaries. There are no words; there’s no need for any. The illustrations in imagination stage, shows a remarkable creation from a dandelion. First, there’s a dream of what would happen if a typical dandelion became a lion, then the “lion” has an adventure, and experiences dreams of his own. Such an extraordinary concept. Essentially, the book creates an outlet to imagine and dream, and shows how it happens if you try.

I love this book. Huge marks for the illustrations, and huge marks for the concept itself.

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