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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Dreams. We all have them in one form or another. Dreams happen when we’re asleep. They can be silly, fun, adventurous, even scary. We don’t often remember these dreams when we wake up, but sometimes we do. And then there are the dreams of things we wish for: dreams of a special birthday party, an exciting trip, what we want to be when we grow up. These dreams we keep with us; they spur us on to do great things, to dream big and accomplish what we dream about.
Francis Henderson’s picture book story, Dreams, explores the wide range of possibilities for dreams: both the dreams we have in our sleep and the dreams and wishes for our future. Accompanied by colorful and exciting illustrations by Karissa Bettendorf, this book helps young readers accept dreams, good and bad, funny and scary, for what they are: dreams. It also opens up the wide range of possibilities of what we can all dream of in our future.
Children are full of imagination and love to be adventurous, but they also need guidance to understand what some of these sleep-induced dreams mean and why we have them. With this book, little readers can go to sleep at night, feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that the dreams they have while they sleep, good or bad, will evaporate when they wake up, but the dreams they have while they’re awake are often good to hold onto and work towards in building their future. Dreams by Francis Henderson is a charming story full of imagination and positive, encouraging energy.