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The Sandman    by Ralph Fletcher & Richard Cowdrey order for
by Ralph Fletcher
Order:  USA  Can
Henry Holt, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

Maybe it's a futile attempt to relive my childhood through my children, but I have always enjoyed revisiting classic bedtime stories. I loved this warm and fuzzy version of The Sandman.

A tiny man named Tor is an insomniac. When he stumbles upon a dragon's scale, he takes it home, files it down, and when the sand from the scale accidentally blows in his eyes, he falls instantly to sleep. Knowing he has made a great discovery, Tor produces more sand, travels the night skies, and sprinkles it on the eyes of children, who are then able to fall asleep in a flash.

Of course, when Tor has no more sand left, he bravely tiptoes near a sleeping dragon to retrieve a fallen dragon scale. Children can be assured that, 'Since dragons live forever, there will never be a shortage of scales.'

Although the story stands on its own, combining all the best elements of a classic fairy tale, the book is worth its price for the illustrations alone: they are bold and lush and just a gorgeous accompaniment to a well-told bedtime story.

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