The Calico Jungle by Dahlov Ipcar
A mother gives her little boy a handmade quilt, but it’s more than just a quilt. It’s a whole world where fantastical animals run, hide, swim, and frolic in a calico jungle.
As he nears the far side of the quilt, the animals he encounters are curled up, asleep. The boy grows sleepy, too. His eyes close and he dreams that he is “walking through the calico jungle, under the flowering trees, where all the strange and wonderful animals lived.”