________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 17 . . . . April 28, 2006


Wake Up to Your Dreams.

Sandra Collier.
Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2006.
116 pp., pbk., $5.99.
ISBN 0-439-94718-9.

Subject Headings:
Dreams-Juvenile literature.
Dream interpretation-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Patricia Fay.

**½ /4


Dreams use symbols to show you things that are invisible, like feelings. How would you express love in a dream? What about a quality, like goodness? You would not be able to describe them directly. You would have to use something else to represent them.

Fear will be represented in a dream by something frightening, like a monster or a kidnapper. An important value like honesty might appear as a precious jewel.There was this lady. She was a friend of my mother's. She's dead now, but when she was alive she was sick a lot and she complained about everything. When I'm depressed, she shows up in my dreams. - Claire, age 9

                        This person is a symbol of depression for Claire.

                        More than one feeling or thought can be symbolized in a dream.


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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