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A group of children helps one of their classmates stop spoiling their play and follow his own dreams.

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A group of children helps one of their classmates stop spoiling their play and follow his own dreams.

A group of children helps one of their classmates stop spoiling their play and follow his own dreams.

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Leonard Marcus
All the first-graders are talking about and sharing their dreams with each other—except for Eddy. In this joyfully poignant book, illustrated with black-and-white photos taken in an East Harlem, NY, public school, Eddy's classmates coax and cajole him until the immigrant child finally shares his bittersweet dream of visiting his homeland. So what do his good friends do? They create a make-believe plane, of course, so they can all fly there together.
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Eddy is in the first grade. He and his classmates are talking with Ms. Cordelia, the teacher, about their dreams. The only thing is, Eddy says, "Dreams are stupid." That doesn't dissuade the other eager six-year-olds from sharing theirs. They draw reluctant Eddy into imaginative play, dressing up in costumes to act out each of their dreams. One little girl remembers Eddy has been sad because he has never been able to visit his Grandma in Puerto Rico. The whole class proceeds to act out an airplane ride to make Eddy's dream come true. They take him to see his Grandma in Puerto Rico. Eddy's grumblings are transformed into a beaming smile. Cohen, a prolific writer of children's books, has created another perceptive story that demonstrates how in touch she is with the hearts of young people. Her son Adam contributes black-and-white photographs taken at an elementary school in East Harlem, where dreams are sometimes hard to come by. The pictures tell their own story¾full of expression and message about the power of sharing and the many different ways a dream can come true. Readers, young and old, will enjoy. 2000, Star Bright Books. Ages 4 up. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
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K-Gr 2-When Eddy's first-grade inner-city classmates talk about their dreams and then decide to dramatize them, Eddy refuses to take part and tells the others they "look stupid" in their costumes. As their recitation of their dreams progresses, he continues to be scornful until Trisha reveals that Eddy is sad because he wants to visit his Grandma in Puerto Rico. The kids pretend to take a plane there and although he protests that, "This is so dumb," he finally enters into the play and cheers up. The narrative combines school-day slice-of-life with bibliotherapy. The children's dialogue and behavior are fairly typical of this age group. While the black-and-white photographs increase the realism of the story, they are unlikely to attract the intended audience. Furthermore, the quality of the pictures and their reproduction varies. Although the action seems to be in one day, the students' clothes change (in addition to the costume changes), making it difficult to be sure who is who. Eddy's turtlenecks go from plain dark to wide stripes to solid light. The teacher not only changes outfits, but she also changes hairstyles. In addition, it isn't always clear from the photo which child is speaking. Teachers and guidance counselors may welcome this book as a useful discussion starter but it's unlikely to have the popularity with children that Cohen's previous school stories have enjoyed.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887734578
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2001

    A classroom story to touch your heart.

    Eddy's dream is set in a classroom, as are many of Ms. Cohen's books. Illustrated with photographs, it tells about a group of children who, after talking about their dreams decide to put on a play about their dreams. Eddy says dreans are silly and won't join in, but his negative attitude changes when a classmate lines up the classroom chairs to make an airplane and tranforms the play into what he believes is Eddy's dream. . .to go to visit his grandmother. This book shows how children, under the influence of a caring teacher learn to care for each other. This is a good book for class discussions on emotions and kindness.

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