cover image Mathilda, the Dream Bear

Mathilda, the Dream Bear

Nicholas Heller. Greenwillow Books, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-688-08238-3

Mathilda the Dream Bear slips through the keyhole into the room where a dog, two cats, two fish and a bird are snoozing. She tiptoes over to each sleeping animal and, with a wave of her wand, gives them spectacular dreams. The dog dreams of a magnificent banquet, while the cats star in a ballet and the fish play in a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea. Mathilda decides to join the bird in a splendid dream flight through the night and into space. The dreams are portrayed in colorfully patterned balloons. This gentle and imaginative story will lead young dreamers to slumberland. Heller may even have instituted a new household tradition--waiting for