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I Dreamed You, by Justine Avery | Dedicated Review

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Book I Dreamed YouI Dreamed You

Written by Justine Avery

Illustrated by Ema Tepic

Age Range: 4-8

Hardcover: 36 pages

Publisher: Suteki Creative (May 1, 2020)

ISBN-13: 978-1948124508

What to expect: Unconditional Love and Mother-Child Relationship

Award-winning author Justine Avery’s picture book I Dreamed You is a mother’s beautiful and affective ode to her precious child.

“There was a moment,

Not long ago,

When I dreamed of you

And I didn’t even know…”


From a young women’s dream to the birth of her baby, and then through early childhood, a new mother testifies, both lyrically and emotionally, to the deep love she has for her babe. The book’s tender language and whimsical illustrations show readers the intimate bond and connection between the pair.

“Now, you are here.

From my wishes you grew.

Once, I dreamed you.

Then, you came true.”

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The mixed-media artwork brings a nostalgic touch thanks to sepia tones printed on what appears to be fine paper textured with fibers—each illustration portrays the mother’s sentiments with charm and classic elegance. Hearts will certainly be warmed by this picture book that acknowledges a parent’s unconditional love for her child.

Made to be shared with the ones we love, it’s an impeccable choice for some snuggly lap-time reading. Just as much for the adults who will read it to their beloveds, I Dreamed You would make the ideal baby shower or Mother’s Day gift.

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Author and IllustratorAbout the Author

Justine Avery is an award-winning author who loves writing stories for all sorts of readers. She was born in America but grew up—and is still growing up—all over the world as a natural explorer with a curiosity for all things. She’s jumped out of airplanes, off of very high bridges, and into shark-infested waters—to name a few adventures. And books are her favorite adventures of all.

For more information, visit www.justineavery.com, Twitter, and GoodReads.

About the Illustrator

Ema Tepic was born in Sarajevo, BiH, during the war. She studied architecture, but has been painting and drawing from an early age. She loves to experiment with art, combining different styles. Watercolor painting is her favorite. Recently, she has focused on painting subjects concerning nature, animals, and children.

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