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Children's LiteratureHonoring the 150th anniversary of the Children's Aid Society, dreams of youngsters are expressed in prose and poetry. Like any book of this sort, the writing is uneven but often moving. Some dreams are lofty, wishing for world peace, a better world, a cure for cancer. Others are poignant: a call to play for the Yankees, inventing a flying car. Some are just fun—owning the cable company and giving free cable to all in the neighborhood, a lifetime supply of chocolate, a world where everything is made of strawberries! The writers, mostly New Yorkers, range from third through eighth grade and are culturally diverse (the endpapers are color photographs of the contributors); but it is not necessarily the older students who have written the more serious or altruistic pieces. Many of Waldman's watercolor illustrations often include at least a piece of the sky as well as a more concrete visualization of a dream on the page. This is a book to be paged through slowly, bit by bit, allowing time for a response to each dream. There is a freedom in dreaming, and in committing dreams to words. In today's busy world, do we allow children the solitude and time to dream? Perhaps Waldman's book will encourage children, parents, and teachers to stop and reflect. 2003, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 8 to 14.
— Peg Glisson