Dreaming of California

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Begrudgingly, Pandora the Pelican flies back to her nest beside the sea. Mother says she must get a good night’s rest. She dozes off, and her dreams carry her to an ancient world in which little land exists. The oceans are inhabited by vibrantly colored aquatic life and the Shonisaurs’ that rule the domain. Pandora journeys on to a new capsule in time. She sees animals of all sorts, some familiar, some not, and soon reaches an era closer to her own. The humans are mysteriously clothed in deerskin and build homes out of trees. As the morning nears and before she wakes from her slumber, Pandora travels on to one last era of the past in her homeland, California.

This is a fascinating book in which the author craftily blends historically accurate chronology in California’s history with elements of fantasy and adventure. The illustrations are masterful and were created from sketches carefully constructed from hours of research studying fossils of prehistoric creatures as well as current-day ones. This focused effort contributes to the richness and overall quality. Though the text is not long, spanning only forty pages, the storyline is somewhat complex, making it most suitable for children ages six to ten. They will likely extract more meaning from it than younger ones.

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Author Grant Collier, Illustrated by Stephanie Lowman
Star Count 4/5
Format Hardcover Picture Book
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Collier Publishing
Publish Date 2020-09-30
ISBN 9781935694502
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Issue November 2020
Category Children's


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