Dreamtime Fairies

Dreamtime Fairies

by Jane Simmons
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Author Biography: Jane Simmons is the author of several books about Daisy, the little duck with big feet. She lives on a wooden fishing boat with a variety of animal friends.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
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 Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young girl weaves an enchanted tale to soothe her younger brother to sleep. Lucy is a consummate storyteller, regaling those around her with her fantastical tales. She saves her best stories for the twilight hours, sharing special ones with her favorite bear until slumber overtakes them. In contrast, her younger brother Jamie despises the evening hours, fearfully spotting unnamed frights in the darkened corners of the room. Lucy decides to help her sibling lose his fear of shadows and bedtime by taking him on a mystical journey in search of the "Dreamtime Fairies." Into the wilds of their imaginations the pair goes. Along the way, they attempt sleeping on beach like turtles and snoozing in the trees like tigers, but without success. Ultimately, Jamie braves the deep abyss of the forest shadows to discover the elusive sprites. Having conquered his fears, Jamie soon falls into a restful slumber, along with Lucy and the other adventurers. Simmons's (Ebb and Flo and the Baby Seal, p. 109, etc.) fey approach to dispelling youngsters fears of the dark is beguiling; little ones will be so busy searching dusky shadows for the glittering fairies that they will soon forget their anxieties. The lush, full-bleed illustrations lend an otherworldly feel to the tale. Simmons use of unique perspectives, deep, jewel-toned hues, and exotically detailed forest scenes work to convey the ethereal quality of her story. Just like a sprinkling of fairy dust, this magical adventure will sweep little ones off to slumber. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316795234
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
1ST US
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.16(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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