Within these pages, "the impossible can happen for sure." Children are invited to become explorers, heroes, princesses, astronauts, and more, while encountering magical creatures, dinosaurs, robots, and a variety of other characters, before finally returning to the familiar faces of their loved ones. Your child is sure to be drawn to Dream-O-Doodle’s wide variety of appealing subjects and enthralling images.
Ursula’s joyful rhyming verses provide the perfect singsong rhythm for a bedtime book that will beckon young children toward rest. Exciting yet comforting, Dream-O-Doodle creates a nighttime atmosphere that holds children’s interest while setting the perfect mood to ease the transition to sleep.
Ursula Taylor discovered the joy of writing through her love of playing rhyming games with her young family. After years of entertaining her children and making up little verses and poems, she decided to put some of them into writing.
A trip to the bookshop in search of a happy, multi-character rhyming book prompted the creation of Dream-O-Doodle. Ursula hopes that a new young audience will find her verses amusing and enjoyable to read.
Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.
Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope—toward America.
This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it "enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny."
An author's note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà's story. This updated digital edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.