by FU-DING CHENG
Hampton Roads Publishing
This is a cute book for the kids, with simple illustrations and a simple plot. Yet, I dont mean to deceive: the book helps to fill our need for stories that introduce the basic mysteries to our children, and Dream-House does so subtly.
Dream-House looks in on its namesake, a house that is naught but a travelling idea that enters into a familys mind and takes form as they build it. We watch as a generation passes; that is, as a cycle of life goes by. The child in the home grows up and falls in love, and in time becomes the adult in the home.
When at last the family leaves and the home is forgotten, it falls from neglect, but this is just when the great mystery emerges once more and the house becomes what it once was.
This is a nice introduction for children to the ideas of spirits and thoughts taking form and to the ever-present cycles of the world.