Monday, February 22, 2016

Little Banty Chicken and the Big Dream - a bookwrap

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 Authored by Lynea Gillen

Illustrated by Kristina    Swarner

Ages:  3+

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About the book...

This tender, beautiful little tale helps children realize how important it is to dream.  It encourages children to share their visions and dreams with others around them so together they can make their dreams become a reality.  

A special little Banty chicken goes out each night to talk to the moon about the dream that is placed deep inside her heart.  The moon listens closely, smiles at the little chicken, and encourages her to find one special friend to share her dream with. The little Banty is afraid to tell any of her friends because she's frightened she may be laughed at.  

 The very next day, mustering up her courage, she seeks out her friend Squirrel and pours out her heart to her.  Squirrel gets so excited and immediately wants to help little chicken's dream come true.  TOGETHER they go from farm animal to farm animal who in turn gets on board the dream bus and wants to be part of her dream too.  The rippling effect is contagious and then at the proper time, on that special night under the light of a spectacular full moon, it transpires.  Happiness is living your dream and encouraging others to join in the fun.

The illustrations are colourful, detailed and dream-like.  The positive uplifting message is perfect for classrooms or for home reads.  There are bonus activities at the end of the book to inspire your child to look into their hearts and see what magical dreams may be planted there.   I highly recommend this book.

About the author...

Lynea Gillen, LPC, MS, is a national award-winning author who has been sharing her love of literature with children for over 35 years as a school teacher and counselor. 

She has been awarded 9 national awards including a Mom's Choice Gold for her latest book Little Banty Chicken and the Big Dream. Four awards for Good People Everywhere with Mom's Choice, Teacher's Choice, Gelett Burgess and Moonbeam Children's awards. Her strong-selling book Yoga Calm for Children and DVD Kids Teach Yoga: Flying Eagle have also received the Mom's Choice awards. She is also the creator of the highly regarded Mindful Moments Cards. 

More about Lynea's publishing work at:

Lynea also founded Yoga Calm for Children, a program used with tens of thousands of children in schools, clinics and hospitals to develop self regulation, attention and social-emotional skills.  

More about her program at

About the illustrator ...

Kristina Swarner is an award-winning illustrator (Sydney Taylor Book Award) whose numerous books include Before You Were Born and Enchanted Lions. Using imagery and inspiration from memories of exploring old houses, woods and gardens as a child, her work is often described as "magical" and "dreamlike." When not painting, Kristina enjoys music, reading and trying to grow trees on her balcony. She lives in Chicago. Visit her wesite at

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