I want to rest inside a sunrise dream an endless stretch of sea and sand and foam I want to go go where butterflies dance like children
Shauntay Grant is a writer and performance artist based in Halifax. Up Home won the 2009 Atlantic Book Award for Best Published Book, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Awards. Shauntay served as Halifax's third Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011. Her other honours include a Poet of Honour Prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.
A young girl narrator describes a family getaway to Prince Edward Island in this charmingly illustrated picture book with poetic touches. Following a refrain of “I want to,” she relates scenarios such as “I want to rest inside a sunrise dream / an endless stretch of sea and sand and foam.” Here, we see her joyfully greeting a swirly pastel sky. The lyrical text, with only a few lines per page, is simply constructed, though it’s occasionally esoteric for kids—for instance, “I just want to breathe / breathe air that tastes like apples: / red / ripe.” Nonetheless, the intricate, vibrant artwork incorporates playful and evocative elements, and the warm portrayal of a family appreciating nature’s wonders and sharing in familiar activities like walking the beach or picking apples may inspire readers to dream or reminisce about their own vacations with, as the girl says, “no alarm clocks / and no chores . . . only time / lots and lots of time.”