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. Volume XII Number 17 . . . . April 28, 2006
This short book of 116 pages, including a three-page index, is divided into four chapters and provides lots of information about dreams. The first chapter, "Everything You Need to Know About Dreams," is written in a question and answer format. In each answer, Sandra Collier gives examples of dreams that students have had. At the end of each example, she provides the first name and age of each dreamer. Some of the questions answered include: Why Do We Dream? Does My Pet Dream? Why Are Dreams So Hard to Remember? What Are Recurring Dreams?
The second chapter, "Symbols and Meaning," explains how symbols are used to convey the meaning of abstract terms such as honesty. Collier also explains dream dictionaries and how they can be used. Often, a dream dictionary will give several meanings for the same symbol, such as, for example, cats - scary, or warm and soft. Only the dreamer can determine which definition is the correct one for him or her. The author also lists the "Top Ten" dream themes...Number One is "being chased."
The third and fourth chapters, "Understanding Your Own Dreams" and "Becoming a Master Dreamer," show readers how to become more in touch with their dreams by keeping a dream journal and having a dream buddy with whom they can discuss their dreams. Collier's point is that, when we discuss our dreams with people close to us, they can help provide explanations of what our dreams might mean to us.
This book would be useful to students who wish to understand more about dreams, but some students would find the explanations too long. For them, a dream dictionary would be preferable.
Patricia Fay is a teacher-librarian at Beaumont Elementary School in Winnipeg, MB.
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