Published by: Lantana Publishing
Age Range: 4- 8
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Forgetful sisters Siba and Saba are always losing something. Sandals, slippers, sweaters – you name it, they lose it. When the two sisters fall asleep each night, they dream about the things they have lost that day. Until, one night, their dreams begin to reveal something entirely unexpected…With playful illustrations and a lullaby-like rhythm, this heart-warming story set in Uganda is truly one to be treasured.
I am so impressed with this new independent publishing company, Lantana Publishing! They publish award-winning diverse children’s books and wholeheartedly believe that ALL children deserve to see themselves in books.
Lantana’s mission is to select outstanding writing from around the world, working with prize-winning authors and illustrators from many countries, while at the same time nurturing new writing talent.
Since their company began in the UK in 2014, they have published a variety of different books including my personal favorite, Sleep Well Siba & Saba. It’s a beautifully written story about two forgetful sisters from Uganda, Africa who always lose their physical belongings and then dream about them in their sleep. They only thing they didn’t lose was each other. One night their dreams start to change which forces them to start looking forward to things in their future.
Why I like this book:
- the illustrations – I like the calming color palette chosen as well as the variety of exotic animals, interesting shapes and gorgeous patterns
- the language…it’s so well written!
- the overall message of not dwelling on things you no longer have, but looking forward to things in your future with great anticipation
I think this book also has a much deeper message too: We are not our stuff. We are much more than our possessions. The sisters seemed to understand their memories are within themselves, not within their things. They were able to let go of the things from their past and free themselves for much more exciting things to come in their future. They also learned to use their imagination and dream big. I love the illustration on the last page that shows the sisters looking forward to new adventures with their suitcase in hand.
A lovely book that teaches children there are always new things to discover!