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Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings (LIBRARY EDITION)
     

Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings (LIBRARY EDITION)

by Ken Dychtwald, Maddy Dychtwald, Dave Zaboski, Grace Zaboski
 

Gideon goes to work high up in the trees, day in and day out. But one day something remarkable happens—the leaf he is working on breaks free of the tree, taking Gideon on its flight. At first Gideon is terrified, but as he glides gracefully through the air, his fear turns into sheer joy. What a rush it is to fly! After he lands, Gideon just can't get the

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Gideon goes to work high up in the trees, day in and day out. But one day something remarkable happens—the leaf he is working on breaks free of the tree, taking Gideon on its flight. At first Gideon is terrified, but as he glides gracefully through the air, his fear turns into sheer joy. What a rush it is to fly! After he lands, Gideon just can't get the experience out of his head. He dreams of once again soaring through the air and feeling so free. Will Gideon's dreams of flying ever come true, or is it just too late?

Written by some of America's most visionary thinkers, Gideon's Dream is the story of one remarkable transformation. This inspirational tale shows that growth and change are forever a part of life and that it's never too late to follow your dreams.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
Children and adults will be touched by this charming story about Gideon, an ordinary grub who experiences the remarkable transformation from insect to butterfly. The colorful, expressive illustrations of Gideon and the other grub characters are whimsical and fun, brimming with personality and excitement. The cleverly worded text conveys dual important messages of working hard and believing in your dreams. After an accidental falling from high up in a tree, Gideon dreams of flying and is determined to fly again. Important words in the text are highlighted to build momentum and create excitement in the story. The vocabulary throughout this delightful story is engaging and light-hearted. For example, Gideon flies "sideward and leftways, backwise and spiralish. He zoomed zippily and wafted lazily." The wonderful mysteries of nature that inspire and excite mankind are beautifully crafted into this charming story. Readers have the sense that they are reading a true classic because this tale of new beginnings is communicated with humor, honesty and love. This book will be a wonderful addition to any child's personal library collection and it will be a favorite read-aloud as well. Reviewer: Susan Borges
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- Quite accidentally, Gideon, a grub, briefly experiences the exhilarating, free-flying life that awaits him as a butterfly. This first taste of freedom-a thrilling though somewhat scary descent to earth while perched on a falling leaf-fills him with a single purpose. He dreams of flying and "would figure out this...thing if it was the last thing this little grub would ever do." Retiring to a reed in a meadow where he builds a cabin, Gideon devotes himself to trying to solve the mystery of flight. But, ultimately, nature intervenes, and he emerges from his chrysalis to find that he has wings. Reassuringly, the midnight-blue illustrations make way for the "gray-green and growing grasses" of a springtime morning. Splashes of vibrant color adorn both the final pages and the endpapers, showing the magnificence of caterpillars transformed into soaring butterflies. As a metaphor for maximizing human potential, however, the book falls short as readers will not be convinced that Gideon's dreams and ambitions have anything to do with his growth and change. More dazzling titles on the topic of metamorphosis include Lois Ehlert's Waiting for Wings (Harcourt, 2001) and Anne Rockwell's Becoming Butterflies (Walker, 2002).-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061434983
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x (h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. is a psychologist, gerontologist, public speaker, and bestselling author of fifteen previous books. A frequent guest in the media and an adviser to companies, organizations, and governments throughout the world, he is widely viewed as North America's most visionary, original thinker regarding the personal, social, and global impact of increasing longevity and the "age wave."

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