The Child of Dreams
Irena Brignull and Richard Jones
What happens if you were once The Child of Dreams whose life with your mother was joyous and wonderful until something changes? Could it be that watching the animals, seeing that each has a mother and father, might bring doubt? Furthermore, what if the answer to your questions was not enough?
It seems to build ‘dark and heavy’ thoughts into the mind of our young girl. The bliss of her life in the valley with her mother is spoiled. Might it be that following the stork that her mother said brought her, she will receive the answers she desires? Thereafter, what of the squirrels whom the stork says ‘trusted‘ her with the child ‘when she [was] a chick?‘ Is it possible their answer might satisfy? Perhaps their suggestion that ‘the salmon carried [her] up the river‘ to be cared for offers clues.
We track a journey of miracles through The Child of Dreams. Furthermore seems that at each stage, we realise how this mother was meant to be the mother of this girl, that they belong together, without question or explanation. Irena Brignull and Richard Jones are a beautiful writing and illustration partnership. There is fluency and discovery, empathy and mood in their words and pictures. We experience this through The Seed of Doubt, too.
This book reminds us of the bonds and strength of family, whatever their creation and core. It is a beautiful picture book, recommended to be read at bedtime, lovingly and knowingly.