From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Quite accidentally, Gideon, a grub, briefly experiences the exhilarating, free-flying life that awaits him as a butterfly. This first taste of freedom—a thrilling though somewhat scary descent to earth while perched on a falling leaf—fills him with a single purpose. He dreams of flying and "would figure out this…thing if it was the last thing this little grub would ever do." Retiring to a reed in a meadow where he builds a cabin, Gideon devotes himself to trying to solve the mystery of flight. But, ultimately, nature intervenes, and he emerges from his chrysalis to find that he has wings. Reassuringly, the midnight-blue illustrations make way for the "gray-green and growing grasses" of a springtime morning. Splashes of vibrant color adorn both the final pages and the endpapers, showing the magnificence of caterpillars transformed into soaring butterflies. As a metaphor for maximizing human potential, however, the book falls short as readers will not be convinced that Gideon's dreams and ambitions have anything to do with his growth and change. More dazzling titles on the topic of metamorphosis include Lois Ehlert's Waiting for Wings
(Harcourt, 2001) and Anne Rockwell's Becoming Butterflies
(Walker, 2002).—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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"A truly charming, touching and uplifting childrens book that parents will also love. As times change, we look for the myths that speak to us now. Gideons Dream has the feel of a classic already. It is a beautiful story told for our time and our family loved it!" -- Jack Canfield
"An inspiring journey of transformation for both children and adults. Well done!" -- Deepak Chopra, M.D.