From School Library Journal
reS-Gr 3-Beginning and ending with a child sleeping under a star-filled sky, protected by a canopy of trees, this beautifully patterned and paced text takes readers on a trip into the imaginative dreams of children. It starts with the question: "Have you ever slept outside on a hot summer night?" A child replies no, but he has done something different, and he continues the pattern with the question, "Have you ever done that?" The answer is always no, but there is also always something else each child has done that is equally engaging. One may have "picked up a corn snake" or "Flown with wings" or "Nursed a baby bird." The opening illustration of the first child sleeping immediately makes the connection with dreaming, and it's confirmed at the end as readers are urged to "stretch your wings in the moon's strange light" and join this flight of fancy. Hunter's watercolor-and-ink illustrations create a cozy, inviting place in which anything is possible, yet all seems grounded in the world around us. The lilting rhyming text perfectly combines things possible and improbable. Its direct address makes it a perfect read-aloud or a candidate for reader's theater. Pair this with Elinor Horwitz's When the Sky Is Like Lace (HarperCollins, 1987) for a cozy, fanciful storytime.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
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About the Author
Anne Hunter’s illustrations have been featured in many children’s books, including Nocturne, Possum and the Peeper, and On Grandma’s Farm. She lives in Shaftsbury, VT.