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What do you dream?
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
Presents a circle of dreams that leads from a child to a flower to a butterfly and eventually up to the moon and back to the earth, which is dreaming of a child.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 72133.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A child dreams of flowers, flowers dream of butterflies, and butterflies dream as well in a serene, rhythmic bedtime story that circles back to a satisfying ending.

Child, tell me, of what do you dream?
I dream of a flower in a sweet green meadow.
Flower, tell me, of what do you dream?
I dream of a butterfly with petal-soft wings. . . .

Do you ever dream of a billowing cloud? Golden sun on a meadow? A tree that hugs the sky? In this simple, circular story, a little girl and her dog revisit their day outdoors as they dream their way back to a morning full of bright possibility. Vibrant paintings complement a soothing celebration of the natural world - and our natural place within it.

Author Notes

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is a widely published author of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. She says, "I was reading a book by Jane Roberts in which it was suggested that trees, in their own way, do dream. That got me thinking about what they might dream about, and I got out of bed to write the manuscript for WHAT DO YOU DREAM?" Elizabeth Cody Kimmel lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband and daughter.

Joung Un Kim, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, has illustrated many picture books for children. She was especially attracted to the text of WHAT DO YOU DREAM? because the simple poetry of its words offered her great freedom for interpretation.

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. A young girl, pictured on the jacket painting with her dog, responds to the title question: I dream of a flower in a sweet green meadow. The question is then posed to the flower, which responds, I dream of a butterfly with petal-soft wings. This sequence then repeats itself to encompass responses from the butterfly, a tree, wind, and more until the whole comes full circle, back to the girl snug in bed and fast asleep. The circular approach echoes the cycles of nature, including the progression from day to night. The highly descriptive language sets a great example for budding writers with images of tree hugging sky in its branches and rain tickling the ground with soft drops. Kim's expansive, soft-toned acrylic illustrations have great child appeal despite a stiffness that doesn't seem quite in keeping with the nature theme. Activities relating to other cycles found in nature, such as the caterpillar-to-butterfly transformation, provide easy follow-up and enrichment. --Lauren Peterson Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This circular story reads like a poem and begins with the question "Child, tell me, of what do you dream?" The answer leads to a flower, then to a butterfly, a tree, the wind, a cloud, the rain, the sun, the moon, the Earth, and then back to the child again. Even though the vocabulary is simple, there are still challenging words to be found in the text, such as "hovers," "billows," and "tickling." The soft, acrylic paintings are warm and inviting, but the physicality of the child seems somehow distorted. Sometimes she seems to appear with no neck, and other times her arms seem stick-thin. This quiet mood piece could be used as a segue for a discussion about dreams and connections among all of Earth's creatures.-Sandra Kitain, Abrams Hebrew Academy, Yardley, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.