When Lucy makes a wish a dreamstone falls from the sky.
With the help of her young brother, Jack, Lucy secretly becomes the Ooma, the keeper who must care for a stone and then for Sharni, a tiny creature who carries the colours of the world in her fingers and a gold pen in her pointers.
From the very beginning having a dreamstone is not what you would think. Read this story and follow the adventures of Lucy – the sadness and tears, the joy and laughter – the trials of owning a dreamstone.
Did I say own?
Can you own a dreamstone?
Or if you do insist on owning it, will it stay just that, a stone for ever?
Suggested Activities for Writers
If you would like to try some writing activities that relate to a story like Dreamstone, feel free to try some of the suggestions in Helene Smith’s Writer’s Notebook for Dreamstone.
From the Author
Dreamstone began with a sketch I drew one evening when I was feeling disappointed about something that had happened in my life. I wasn’t really thinking about what I was drawing but allowing the pencil to make what ever marks on the page it would.
When I looked down at the page I saw a sad little face with a droopy little body and a forlorn pair of wings. A series of questions flicked through my mind. Who are you little one and where did you come from?
I began to scribble the answers: I came from between the stars in the form of a dreamstone…
‘A dreamstone, are you?’ I said.
Writing Dreamstone was a joy to me. I loved inventing the persona of Sharni at every stage of her development. Equally I enjoyed creating Lucy, her little brother, Jack and the cousins who might have been my own grand children. It was very special to work closely with an illustrator for the first time. I feel Geraldine Gruinard’s beautiful pencil drawings express some things about the characters that can’t be spoken with words alone.
I think it’s a story that offers hope to people; to kids. It’s about building bridges between people and places.
Extracts from Letters
Extract from children’s letters on Dreamstone (at manuscript stage)