Next stop: Dreamland
Take a ride on a magical train that puffs around a candy mountain, travels on a peppermint rail, and is run by a chocolate brown bear. Along the way see a big white snowman, a house made of licorice, and even a giraffe with jelly bean spots. But did you know there's only one way to get to dreamland? Just close your eyes and climb aboard.
The whimsical lyrics of "There's a Train Out for Dreamland," originally sung by Nat King Cole, combined with magical illustrations from mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer, make a Christmas fantasy that captures every child's wildest dreams.
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Frederich H. Heider, lyricist, and Carl Kress, jazz guitarist, together created the song "There's a Train Out for Dreamland" that was immortalized on the classic album Nat "King" Cole: 1947 Vol. 2.
Jane Dyer is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Cookies series by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, as well as numerous other award-winning picture books. She lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Brooke Dyer is the illustrator of Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Mama Always Comes Home by Karma Wilson. Brooke lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts, with her husband, three young children, and their dog, Sophie.From Booklist:
Even though this was originally written for adults as lyrics in a song popularized by Nat “King” Cole, it succeeds as a picture-book text. The rhythm soothes and is appropriate for bedtime, its conceit is imaginative, and it features high-interest subjects like trains, candy, and ice cream. What young child wouldn’t want to dream about a train run by a chocolate bear through a countryside made out of sweets? Since it was intended to be sung in the first place, the story reads especially well out loud; sheet music is included at the back for those inclined to break out in song or attempt this on the family piano. Although not expressly set at Christmastime, there is a holiday feel: the rails are peppermint, the wintry scenes feature snow and evergreens, and buildings are gingerbready. Painterly watercolor illustrations begin by showing a group of children singing; accompany the bright-blue train on its journey through the snowy, starlit night; and finish with a focus on one child, sound asleep. Preschool-Grade 1. --Diane Foote
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Book Description Harper, NY, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Brook Dyer (illustrator). 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing). Book. Bookseller Inventory # 040891
Book Description HarperCollins, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110060580216
Book Description HarperCollins, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Jane Dyer; Brooke Dyer (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0060580216
Book Description HarperCollins, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060580216