Perfect Picture Book Friday – 1 2 3 Dream



Do you know what day it is?

If you said “Friday” of course you are right.

If you said “Perfect Picture Book Friday” you are right AND a person of above average intelligence and superior interests 🙂

But it is ALSO (and I know this will really make your day) National Collect Rocks Day!

I am not making this up.

Although I think I could have.

I could have woken up in the still darkness that is once again 5:25 AM (I’m already missing the light at that hour and it’s only September!) and said to myself, hmmm….what ridiculous thing could I come up with to celebrate today?  But I didn’t even have to, because, well, it’s National Collect Rocks Day.  Need I say more?

But it turns out that is a perfect day for it to be because my Perfect Picture Book for today is all about counting.

And what better to count than a rock collection?!

See how neatly that works? 🙂

But seriously, this is one of the most beautiful books I’ve seen in a while.  Really stunning.  Have a look!


Title: 1 2 3 Dream

Written & Illustrated By: Kim Krans

Random House Children’s Books, September 27 2016, nonfiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: concept (counting), language (alliteration)

Opening: “1”

Brief Synopsis: A visual celebration of counting alliteration!

Links To Resources: take a walk and find things to count – ROCKS 🙂 or acorns or seashells, cars or houses or fire hydrants, dogs or squirrels or pigeons 🙂 ; think up other examples of alliteration with counting/numbers (e.g. one onion, two tomatoes), or with other word combinations like adjectives and nouns (e.g. purple parrot) or names (e.g. Peter Pan); enjoy with companion book ABC Dream also by Kim Krans; this book itself is a resource with a search and find feature at the back that invites you to pore over the beautifully illustrated pages and find a heart-shaped stone, a spiderweb, a forked tongue, and many more.

Why I Like This Book: One owl.  Two turtles.  Three thistles.  Four foxes… but no written words.  Not one!  Just the numbers 1-20 and gorgeous detailed illustration after gorgeous detailed illustration that invite you to say what you see and then hear the alliteration your words produce.  Seven starfish.  Eleven elephants.  Fifteen fireflies….  As you know, I’m usually more inclined to choose books on the basis of their words and story, but this one is enjoyable for the illustrations alone.  A true feast for the eyes.  The pen and ink drawings are exquisite.  I’m a writer but words fail me to describe how beautiful this book is!  So I’ll show you a couple spreads 🙂


Illustration copyright Kim Krans 2016



Illustration copyright Kim Krans 2016

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

(And should you feel an irresistible urge to collect rocks, now you’ll know why 🙂 )

27 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – 1 2 3 Dream

  1. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    I’m not usually a fan of wordless books… or even sparsely worded books. But I agree with you. This is a beauty. I mean I didn’t need to point to the starfish and count them, but I did. It pulled me in and forced me! Great choice.

  2. ptnozell says:

    Like you, I generally look for the story then savor the illustrations. I can see why you love this book, though, and can imagine many happy eyes pouring over it. Happy Rock Day!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Happy Rock Day to you too, Vivian! 🙂 Actually, where I live, there are lots of beautiful rocks – most of them part of the landscape, though, and too big to pick up and collect 🙂 This really IS a beautiful book, very art dependent, but that doesn’t mean that as writers we can’t think up and describe ideas like this for a talented artist to illustrate. There is a lot to learn. You took art classes, right? Maybe you can illustrate your own! 🙂

  3. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer says:

    The illustrations in this book are a feast for the eyes! So much detail for the eye to take in.
    I’m still smiling about National Rock Day. I don’t have any rocks to count, but I’m sure I could get the numbers to add up quickly if I count the dishes in the sink or the clothes piled in the laundry room. Thank you for recommending this beautifully illustrated book.

  4. Sue Heavenrich says:

    What gorgeous artwork! Happy Rock Day! I’ll let my dad know, as he loves to collect rocks. I’ll spend a bit more time appreciating rocks in my garden today, as I spade some of the beds in preparation for fall slumber (and one for garlic planting)

  5. Gabi Snyder says:

    Happy National Collect Rock Day! My kids have been collecting rocks lately. Unfortunately, their favorite place to collect rocks is from the rock walkway in our garden.

    Your PPF selection has beautiful illustrations and I love that kids will likely discover the story’s alliteration with their own voices. Cool!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Ooh! I think you need a copy for your birthday then, Diane! 🙂 Yes, I do love puzzles of all kinds! Jigsaw puzzles, of course, but also crossword puzzles, word searches, sudoku, search-and-find (like this book and I Spy), anagrams… well, you get the idea 🙂 Also any kind of game/challenge like on Sporcle 🙂

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