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The Weaving of a Dream
     

The Weaving of a Dream

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by Marilee Heyer
 

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A retelling of the Chinese folktale “The Chuang Brocade”

The Weaving of a Dream is the story of a widow who provides for her sons by creating intricate brocades. One day, she trades a brocade for a beautiful painting of a palace. She then spends years lovingly recreating the scene in brocade only to lose her work on a windy day. After

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A retelling of the Chinese folktale “The Chuang Brocade”

The Weaving of a Dream is the story of a widow who provides for her sons by creating intricate brocades. One day, she trades a brocade for a beautiful painting of a palace. She then spends years lovingly recreating the scene in brocade only to lose her work on a windy day. After everything she has done for her family, her youngest son seeks to recover the lost treasure, traveling through terrible weather and rocky terrain.

Great for ages 5 and up. Beautiful and vibrant full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up The Chinese legend of ``The Chuang Brocade'' is faithfully retold in a volume of exquisite beauty. The story is of a widow who supports her three sons by selling her finely crafted brocades. At the market one day she trades her work for a painting of a lovely palace. Obsessed with the beauty of the scene, she spends three full years copying the painting in a brocade, only to have it snatched away by a wind upon its completion. As she lies grieving, her youngest son, after the two elder ones succumb to greed, searches for the brocade in a quest that leads through fire and ice to a fairy palace on a mountain top. Heyer's 15 illustrations show a masterful artistic technique. From the silken threads of the sumptuous brocade to the tiniest wrinkles in a hand, the photographic realism of a silver necklace, the touchable softness of a fur cuff, the intricate perfection of an Oriental pattern and the fine hairs of a butterfly's wings, each painting offers an experience of sensuous delight. Small red woodcut-like squares featuring animals and birds from the paintings (meant to resemble chops) are placed on each white page of text, adding to the book's attractiveness. Heyer's skillful retelling of the ancient legend and her magnificent illustrations combine to form a book of astonishing beauty. Susan Scheps, Bertram Woods Library, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140505283
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Series:
Picture Puffin Books Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
378,619
Product dimensions:
8.19(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Marilee Heyer lives in California. She earned her B.A. at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and continued her art studies at the San Francisco Institute of Art. To learn more, visit her website at marileeheyer.com.

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The Weaving of a Dream 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This book not only contains breathtaking illustrations but also inhabits a story that will follow you through your life. It teaches a strong lesson in honor in a way that captavates the reader. I've saved my copy for 14 years and given it as a gift more than once. Read it. You'll be glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My boys(ages 6 and 8) and I loved this story. The story is a wonderful tale with magic and a morale. The illustrations are lovely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom gave me this book when I was about 10 or so...and it STILL stands as one of my favorite children's books. The illustrations captivated me for hours...they are absolutely gorgeous. The story is fanciful, mysterious, and teaches a lesson of being good when others may be greedy. For the young artists, or artists to be, this is a must. Again, the illustrations are brilliant. The tones are very red in this book, with lots of little nuances in the pictures to look for....enjoy!