Children's Book Reviews

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Dreams Really Can Come True

When I was a little girl I dreamed of a lot of things, and you know what? Many of them did come true. I wanted to be a ballerina. I did Isadora Duncan style dancing in my 40's. I wanted to be a mom, and I have 2 wonderful, adorable children, now grown-up, but still my Lovies. I didn't dream then that I wanted to be an artist or writer, but those probable unconscious longings came true anyway. The list could go on and on. This charming and profound little book about Lillibit the caterpillar re-enforces our deepest longings and dreams that someday, however long, metamorphosis into our reality. What were your dreams as a child?

Lillibit’s Dream
Author: Melody Sullivan
Illustrator: Stanislav Grof
Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc., Santa Cruz, 2011
ISBN: 978-159275000-9

by Judith Nasse

This is a special book written by Melody Sullivan. There are many caterpillar into butterfly books out for young children, the most popular being Eric Carle’s The Very Hungary Caterpillar. However, Lillibit’s Dream is singular in that it shows children not only the metamorphosis of the caterpillar, but also the metaphor for how we can dream and then watch our dreams become reality over time. The text flows and it becomes lyrical in places, which is how young children often speak.

The illustrations are as all picture books should be, in harmony and enhancement to the text. They are colorful, active, and charming in an old world style that is missing in most modern books for children. They draw us right into nature as well as show us Lillibit’s yearning and actions to attempt flying while she is still a caterpillar. The ladybug Serena, as Lillibit’s best friend and mentor, is also a distinguished character. The night or dream double-page spreads are particularly appealing. Children are enchanted by the dark as they love to look at glow-in-the dark objects, make caves under the table, or play hide-and-seek. Dark night is where their dreams first make themselves known. This book is a must for the home library as well as for the classroom.  It can be used as part of butterfly, art, poetry, and human growth units. It is recommended for 5-9 year olds. Preschoolers will also delight in having it read aloud to them. Watch a video of Stan Grof reading the book on


Blogger Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Lovely review. This sounds like an appealing book for both young children and Kindergarten teachers.

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