Weaver

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As the sun rises, the weaver begins her work, spinning thread, dying it, and then weaving it into a cloth along with the signs of love and friendship she sees down on earth. At the end of the day, the weaver spreads this extraordinary cloth over us, to warm and protect us all through the night. This is a joyful, soothing, gorgeously illustrated bedtime story about the love between family and friends all over the world—and even beyond it.

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Overview

As the sun rises, the weaver begins her work, spinning thread, dying it, and then weaving it into a cloth along with the signs of love and friendship she sees down on earth. At the end of the day, the weaver spreads this extraordinary cloth over us, to warm and protect us all through the night. This is a joyful, soothing, gorgeously illustrated bedtime story about the love between family and friends all over the world—and even beyond it.

The Weaver is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Kleven’s soft, painterly illustrations depict a multicultural cast of characters going about their days and dream-filled nights in different parts of the world, and the weaver returns home to her own family in the sky at book’s end, providing a satisfying conclusion to the gentle, lyrical bedtime story." Kirkus Reviews

 

"…this fanciful title offers an opportunity for children to settle down with a reassuring, positive message of comfort, security, and global connectedness.” —Booklist

 

"This dreamy story offers a reassuring message of love and security" —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Beyond the earth, near yet far, the weaver sits in the light of the rising sun..." Hurd's brief, poetic, and metaphoric picture of the work of this magical weaver takes readers through a day as she "spins her thread from trails of shooting stars..." and then "dyes the thread with the colors of the morning." Her fingers fly as the sun rises in the sky. She sees happy, heart-warming events down in the world and weaves them into her cloth. As the sun sets, the weaver dances over mountains, rivers, and towns, with her woven cloth, spreading across the night sky to warm us, to fill readers with joy. Kleven illuminates Hurd's gentle text on double pages covered with tiny details, offering intimate glimpses of people through windows or out in towns and fields. The weaver gathers them all into her expanding pictorial tapestry as she flies; her fabric gets denser with detailed, intricately colored drawings. An unmentioned cat accompanies her, ending in the arms of a sleeping child. A note on the backstrap loom used by the weaver is included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—An industrious girl in a red dress sits high above the earth on a cloud with her pet cat. She watches the world and sings while she spins thread "from trails of shooting stars, white clouds, and spiderwebs hung with dew." She uses "the colors of the morning" to dye the thread and begins to weave. As the sun moves across the sky, the girl watches and weaves what she observes into the cloth on her loom. Below, children run and play, families celebrate birthdays, and parents cuddle babies. The child records smiles and hugs, laughter and kisses, creating "a cloth of friendships." She shows how lives are intertwined, "held together like vines." At sunset, she lifts her handiwork from the loom and dances across the heavens to spread the protective cloth over the world and then dances home where her own loving family greets her with open arms. The fanciful illustrations reflect the story's sense of celebration, portraying children, their families, and friends sharing small but significant moments in a kaleidoscope of springtime colors. Tiny characters of all nationalities enjoy life in a sun-drenched landscape while the gentle weaver and her adorable gray kitten watch from above. This dreamy story offers a reassuring message of love and security.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Where do dreams come from? In this picture book, the weaver (a young girl seated on a cloud and accompanied by an unmentioned gray cat) creates dreams on her loom in the sky with thread spun "from trails of shooting stars, / white clouds, / and spiderwebs hung with dew" and dyed with colors of the morning gleaned from the sky, grass, fields and water. Throughout the day, she weaves a tapestry of memories held and emotions felt by people all over the world, and then she dances around the nighttime world with her completed cloth, letting it "[drift] down / to the earth below- / a coat to warm us / and protect us, / a coat to fill us with joy." Kleven's soft, painterly illustrations depict a multicultural cast of characters going about their days and dream-filled nights in different parts of the world, and the weaver returns home to her own family in the sky at book's end, providing a satisfying conclusion to the gentle, lyrical bedtime story. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374382544
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,489,988
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Thacher Hurd is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Art Dog (978-0060244248) and Mama Don’t Allow (978-1591121350). He lives in Berkeley, California.

Elisa Kleven’s most recent books include The Apple Doll and The Wishing Ball. She lives in Albany, California.

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