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
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.
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
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.00(w) x (h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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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