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The Dreamtime Fairies
Simmons, Jane.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Boston [Mass.] : Little, Brown, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Lucy, Bear, Jamie, and Floppy Rabbit fly across the ocean to find the Dreamtime Fairies, who will help them fall asleep.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 61710.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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One night when Jamie and Lucy can't sleep, they discover they need the help of the Dreamtime Fairies. So Lucy, Bear, Jamie, and Floppy Rabbit fly far away, across the ocean to the land where the fairies live, for a fantastic nighttime adventure. Jane Simmons's bold paintings and soothing text create an enchanting bedtime story that ends with the magic of sweet dreams.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. Simmons, known for her popular books about Daisy the duck, offers an enchanting fantasy about a magical nighttime adventure. When Lucy's stuffed bear and younger brother, Jamie, can't fall asleep, Lucy convinces them that the Dreamtime Fairies can help. Soon they are flying "far away across the ocean to the land where the fairies live." Turtle, Tiger, and Foxy, all of whom offer advice on falling asleep and suggestions for finding the elusive fairies, join them. When Lucy and company finally find the fairies, it is a magical melding of words and pictures. The final picture shows Lucy and Jamie sound asleep in the middle of their bed, their room a swirl of blue and green that bears a striking resemblance to the forest scene. Turtle, Tiger, and Foxy are asleep there, too--and four shimmering fairies float in the air. Only on closer inspection will children see that the twinkling fairies are part of a mobile above the bed. The ending leaves questions hanging in the air like the fairies: Was this a dream? Was it one of Lucy's imaginative stories? Sweet thoughts for a sweet good night. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this evocative tale, a girl who loves to tell stories takes her brother on a nighttime journey to visit a fairyland. When Lucy's little brother, Jamie, can't sleep because he sees "things in the shadows on the ceiling," she seeks help from the "Dreamtime Fairies" who live across the ocean. Atop a giant bird, the duo flies to an island where they encounter a turtle, tiger, and fox, each of whom suggest ways to fall asleep, but none of which work for Jamie. The animals then lead the siblings deep into a shadowy forest where the children dance and play with the fairies, falling asleep fearlessly (Lucy explains, "There's no need to be afraid of the shadows, because that's where the Dreamtime Fairies fly"). The last spread returns them to their bedroom, where a mobile of fairies and a stuffed turtle, tiger and fox suggest Lucy's inspiration (all of the elements also appear in an earlier spread). Though the cover does not indicate Simmons's (Come Along, Daisy!) signature palette, the interior spreads do. On backgrounds saturated with textured gradations of purple, blue and green, she conjures plenty of illustrative magic, painting the children with a tender, dreamily blurred focus and bathing the tiny fairies in an ethereal glow of yellow, white and lavender. Like Lucy, Simmons is acutely attuned to her audience's needs, and her attention to nuance both visual and verbal should work a soothing bedtime magic. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-With jewel-toned and evocative strokes similar to those plied in her "Daisy" books (Little, Brown), Simmons offers a fantastical yet comforting bedtime book. Young Lucy, an imaginative storyteller, enjoys sharing her tales with her family, and especially with Bear. Each night she contentedly whispers stories to him until they both fall fast asleep. Unfortunately, her little brother Jamie is not so lucky. Instead, "He'd toss and turn with Floppy Rabbit and see things in the shadows on the ceiling." On one particularly wakeful night, Lucy suggests they take a magical journey to find the "Dreamtime Fairies." With stuffed animals in tow, the children travel through exotic scenes and meet Turtle, Tiger, and Foxy, all of whom offer their own suggestions for finding sleep. Ultimately, however, the group must brave the darkness and continue their search. Once found, the fairies dance and laugh, swooping around the children and animals. Finally, they "fluttered and twinkled and worked their Dreamtime magic," sending everyone off to sleep. Children will be drawn to the sparkly cover and the full-bleed, richly colored spreads, and they're sure to enjoy discovering the elements of the story seen in the children's bedroom at the beginning and end. (The stuffed animals are a turtle, tiger, and fox, and a mobile of fairies hangs above their beds.) A lovely, soothing offering that might distract troubled sleepers from fears.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.