The Weaving of a Dream

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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
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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: 411,380
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.19 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    A book to be remembered

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2002

    Great Magical Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    A children's tale that stays in the memory.....

    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!

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