- Virginia Johnson
Sometimes a quiet, imaginative book is what’s best before bedtime, and Emily Winfield Martin’s Dream Animals answers that need. Gentle pictures show small children making their way to their dream destinations on the backs of robins, a tiger, a fox, and even a narwhale. Where do the dreamers go? One to an elfin hollow, some high in the sky, another beneath the Seven Seas and one as far away as the moon and the stars themselves.
Dream Animals’ illustrations are softly done yet have a lot of contrast between the dark backgrounds and the bright figures which make them stand out more for young readers’ enjoyment. There’s also a lot old-fashioned charm in the words and pictures, and observant children may notice that every dream animal has its waking counterpart. A teddy bear becomes a giant bear in dream that takes his boy to a fantastic dinner party. The birds in a mobile over a sleeping brother and sister lift them high in the company of hot air balloons and zeppelins, as they spy dinosaurs and mammoths and perhaps the Loch Ness Monster.
Try this charming picture book just before bed and see where the dream animals lead:
Whatever dream you visit
When night replaces day,
Your furred, or finned, or feathered friend
Will surely know the way.