Dream Makers: Young People Share Their Hopes and Aspirations

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In forty-two heartfelt poems and works of prose, boys and girls from all over the country express their dreams and aspirations in this inspiring book, illustrated by celebrated artist and writer Neil Waldman. These thoughtful, honest, sometimes humorous reflections offer a touching reminder that children--and dreams--hold the promise of the future. This special book was created in recognition of the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of The Children's Aid Society, which provides a lifeline and safe haven to New ...

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Honesdale, PA 2003 Hard cover First edition. New in fine dust jacket. Book is unread in unclipped jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 32 p. Contains: ... Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile. Read more Show Less

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Overview

In forty-two heartfelt poems and works of prose, boys and girls from all over the country express their dreams and aspirations in this inspiring book, illustrated by celebrated artist and writer Neil Waldman. These thoughtful, honest, sometimes humorous reflections offer a touching reminder that children--and dreams--hold the promise of the future. This special book was created in recognition of the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of The Children's Aid Society, which provides a lifeline and safe haven to New York City's children and families most in need of assistance.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be directed to The Children's Aid Society.

Neil Waldman is also the author and illustrator of The Promised Land: The Birth of the Jewish People, an Association fo Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Older Readers. He lives in Greenburgh, New York.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Children's Aid Society in New York City, these 42 heartfelt poems and works of prose by boys and girls from all over the country express their dreams and aspirations.

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Children's Literature
Honoring the 150th anniversary of the Children's Aid Society, dreams of youngsters are expressed in prose and poetry. Like any book of this sort, the writing is uneven but often moving. Some dreams are lofty, wishing for world peace, a better world, a cure for cancer. Others are poignant: a call to play for the Yankees, inventing a flying car. Some are just fun—owning the cable company and giving free cable to all in the neighborhood, a lifetime supply of chocolate, a world where everything is made of strawberries! The writers, mostly New Yorkers, range from third through eighth grade and are culturally diverse (the endpapers are color photographs of the contributors); but it is not necessarily the older students who have written the more serious or altruistic pieces. Many of Waldman's watercolor illustrations often include at least a piece of the sky as well as a more concrete visualization of a dream on the page. This is a book to be paged through slowly, bit by bit, allowing time for a response to each dream. There is a freedom in dreaming, and in committing dreams to words. In today's busy world, do we allow children the solitude and time to dream? Perhaps Waldman's book will encourage children, parents, and teachers to stop and reflect. 2003, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 8 to 14.
— Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Students in grades 3-8 express their hopes and plans for the future; they dream of owning mansions, having happy families, saving the environment, finding a cure for cancer, or achieving world peace. Some of the writing is humorous, like that of fourth-grader Jenny Russell: "I wish I had money/all the way up/to my neck." Other authors, like fifth-grader K. C. Butcher, express more serious concerns: "There is peace in the Middle East/and threats of terrorism/are gone/I am not afraid to/let my children/go outside." Each piece has been chosen for its strong voice; the rhymes or free verse are diamonds-some polished, others in the rough-but all worth taking the time to enjoy. Selected by Waldman to celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Children's Aid Society, this compilation of musings reveals what is in the hearts and minds of youths across America. Soft dreamlike watercolors and occasional silhouettes provide a suitable backdrop for this poignant paean to the world of imagination.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590781784
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Waldman has written and illustrated more than fifty books. He is the recipient of the Christopher Award and the National Jewish Book Award. He lives in White Plains, New York.

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