Children - Picture Book
26 Pages
Reviewed on 11/28/2018
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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.

Jacob R LaMar

A children’s poetry book, Dreams, by Francis Henderson, is a 25-page story about dreams and the significance they can have for kids. It lists different things that can be found in nighttime dreams and then goes on to talk about daytime dreams. The type of dreams that can shape one’s childhood and easily bleed into adulthood. The entire book is written in a poetic format with a regular rhythm and rhyme to entice children to keep reading to the end. I relished, in particular, the pages near the end where the author leaves an open section for kids to write their dreams.

Francis Henderson's book Dreams is an amazing story that is flawless and perfectly suited for a child’s bedtime routine. Its use of rhymes is well-crafted, so it never feels forced and never breaks its rhythm. The book is written exactly as children’s poetry should be, light on the surface and heavy in content. The story is written in a way to allow adult viewers to read between the lines and naturally gain more than a younger reader would; that is to say, while this book is targeted towards young readers it is perfectly suited for everyone. While it would be reasonable to believe the writing is the strength of Dreams, the illustrations by Karissa Bettendorf easily rival the words to create a powerful dynamic duo. The illustrations are light, dreamlike and quite literally picture perfect for the story. I couldn’t give this book any higher praise. A wonderful choice for any age!