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Author: Regina J Williams

Illustrator: Doug Keith

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Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It's time for bed. But before he falls asleep, our narrator wants his mom (and us) to see all of the things he is imagining. From teddy bears that fly to snowflakes that taste like ice cream, this is the stuff of dreams. This bedtime story offers children positive images to think about before the lights go out.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 6 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: "This was beautiful Mom." Our child was enchanted by the pictures and loved to hear the young narrator's ideas. It wasn't too many nights before she had some of her own to add!

Adult Reader Reaction: This is another beautiful book by Illumination Arts. The illustrations and poetry combine to create powerful, positive stories that families can enjoy. These aren't books "just" for kids.

Pros: This is a perfect book for children who LOVE to delay going to sleep, whether it's a fear of the dark or fear of bad dreams. The images will push all of that away.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The younger your child, the more enjoyment you'll get. This is a great bedtime story for toddlers and preschoolers, and it will be a fun book to read out loud together as your child learns to read.

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Educational Themes: This is a book to enjoy at bedtime. Your child may have some of his/her own ideas to add for what they want to dream about. The vocabulary is suitable for second graders, so you have the added benefit of a good book you can read together!

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, fantasy, adventure, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2007

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