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Author: Susan Berger

Illustrator: Kim Sponaugle

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Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ©2007

Material: paperback

Summary: Jamie is a boy who had the best dream ever. He loved it so much that he wanted to buy it for his mom so she could experience it, too. Everyone told him you can't buy a dream. Is that really true? This is a story of a dream within a dream.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader,

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Reading Level: 1.6

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl at Effort Baptist Church as part of the Children's Ministry and Use Your ABCs project.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book because it looked colorful. I did not like this book because it was for someone a lot younger than me.

Adult Reader Reaction: Overall, this is a nice story and the illustrations complement it well. I like that it is a 8-inch square, which allows kids to hold it comfortably. This is a tough book to describe. The story is for a younger (pre-K) audience, but the story has more text than they are used to, as well as concepts they won't understand (like spelling tests). It could be used for supplemental reading for a reluctant reader; it would be too "childish" for most remedial readers.

Pros: This is a creative story that kids will enjoy.

Cons: The intended audience is not clear.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nicely illustrated, creative story. It is not likely to get read more than a few times, though.


Educational Themes: Throughout the book, various characters say "seeing is believing" and "believing is seeing." You could explore what each of those sayings mean and talk about the differences.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found. See reader feedback at and


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