Dream Little One, Dream
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
“When Moon shines and earth breathes a breath of deepest night dream, little one, dream into the peace of a wonderful world.”
As the first fingers of light of the rising sun bring new life to a new day, the creatures begin to stir and go about their business. The bird soars, the koala climbs, the dolphin glides – right through the day till the moon comes again and the lizards settle down to dream.
Written with the lyrical notes of a lullaby this is a soothing, gentle tale of lives not seen by busy, rushing people as the day passes through its phases. Creatures of the skies, land and water have their own rhythm that has nothing to do with school or work or sports training or music practice – they are in peace and harmony with the world that surrounds them, suggesting a sense of routine and calm that we might well envy, perhaps be persuaded to observe.
Sally Morgan has a gift for selecting words and putting them together in a way that reaches the soul and demands we take time to breathe, relax and reflect. Accompanied by bright, stunning, striking illustrations that are in direct contrast to the gentle vocabulary, rhythm and repetition of the text, just as nature’s lives are in contrast to that of humans, this is the perfect bedtime story to draw the curtains on the day, to slow the heart and take little ones off to Dreamland.