Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.

When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of Foreword Reviews:

"Dreams to Dance in Moonlight" by Peter Stone

Dreams to Dance in Moonlight: Ways of Seeing, Feeling & Imagining

by Peter C. Stone

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 978-1478727514

Synopsis:

A dazzling how-to adventure for young artists and writers!

“Playful, artful, and at times, profound…”

-Linda Booth Sweeney, EdD, author of Connected Wisdom, Living Stories About Living Systems.

Celebrating the natural world and its symbols, Dreams to Dance in Moonlight is a playful way to nurture the creative spirit in all of us. It asks, “How does your imagination bloom?” and the story will fire up a dialogue between children, parents, and teachers. With visual-thinking strategies for drawing and writing, this book offers lyrical prose and painterly riddles to engage young readers, while its magical creatures and environments call for inventive attention and stewardship.

Beautifully illustrated with the author’s “dreamy…evocative” (School Library Journal) paintings, every page contains a story. Wolves, tigers, cows, and condors stare back from gorgeous landscapes, challenging readers: When is what you see much more than what you think you see? When you awake!

“This simple yet profound book of poetry, imagery, and challenge will serve as a portal through which a child may become reacquainted with his or her imagination that may one day develop into a mature and confident enthusiasm.”

-Peter S. Dean, Professor of Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, Rhode Island School of Design.

Critique:

In a world filled with distraction and noise, Stone’s book is a welcome call to come home to ourselves and to our place in nature.

There is magic in the music of the birds, wild dreams to be dreamed, and much, much more to be seen around us than we think. Peter C. Stone’s Dreams to Dance in Moonlight, with its evocative prose and engaging original art, calls children and their parents and teachers to encounter the world with body, mind, and spirit and let their imaginations soar.

While written for children, Stone’s book will appeal to adults as well, especially those who feel they’ve lost their innate sense of wonder and awe at the beauty and majesty of the world. Through the use of repetitive questions, Stone provokes an exploration of the thoughts and feelings that arise when encountering nature in all its mystery and glory. To deepen the adventure of exploring the inner world, Stone has placed hidden symbols in his paintings and has included a section, “Notes on the Paintings,” at the end of the book that not only explains them, but opens the way for personal interpretations of their meanings.

The book is graced by attractive, mysterious front cover art, and the back cover matter is ample, well laid out, and informative. The interior design, featuring a short page of text side by side with a full-page painting, makes reading to a child easy. Italics are overused, however, and leaving more strategically placed white space in the layout of the text would invite pauses for reflection.

Stone’s paintings are colorful, simple, and tactile—though smooth on the page, their strong brush strokes and splatters almost beg to be touched. Although some of the concepts presented seem advanced for a child (how many children would know about shape-shifting, for example?) they do open the door to questions that may lead to rich, creative discussions about spiritual matters, the interconnectedness of humans with the other creatures that share this planet, the importance of our feelings, and why each of us is worthy of honor and respect.

In a world filled with distraction and noise, Stone’s book is a welcome call to come home to ourselves and to our place in nature. For those who fear setting aside their electronic devices long enough to find their own path through the forest—or to read to a child—Stone offers comfort: “And if you suppose you are lost, don’t fear. / Stand still, take a breath. You are in a place called … Here!”

reviewed by Kristine Morris  ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

This most recent jewel in the crown of Peter C. Stone’s offerings provides parents and children with the tools to reconnect to the innate creativity within us all, the creativity long buried by current educational systems. Using his own sumptuous paintings of the natural world to illustrate what has been right in front of our eyes for eons, and what is rapidly being eradicated, Peter Stone guides us back to what we’ve always known, deep in our hearts, and reawakens the possibility of creating a wholistic, sustainable and life-affirming future using exercises and examples of seeing our extraordinary planet as it is meant to be seen: clearly and lovingly. A fantastic contribution!

– Amazon Reviewer Eubaleana

I loved the book Dreams to Dance in the Moonlight by Peter C. Stone. It is marvelous, with all the well written pages and images. I enjoyed that the pictures had twist an turns. They are not easy to see the first time but when you see them you can’t go back to the first image. This book teaches you to explore beyond what you see the first time. You might not realize this the first time you read the book.”When is what you see more than what you think you see?” I didn’t realize the meaning of the book cover and the title until the last page. I realized this because it showed the people dancing in the Moonlight happily and joyfully. This book is intended for a deep thinker or an artist. I think this author’s style is poetic, because each page is like a poem, but it is not a poem it is a short story. This book is fiction but it connects to what I am learning in school, because the book talks about the right path to take, and we are also thinking about that.

– Amazon Reviewer Shana Silva

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