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The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams
     

The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams

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by Jenny Koralek, James Mayhew (Illustrator)
 

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Each night, a small boy sleeps peacefully under his cloth of dreams, a quilt made by his grandmother to keep the dark night things away. But when the cloth is accidentally torn, a chain of nightmares escapes through its holes. Can he find the courage to mend his cloth of dreams? Full color.

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Each night, a small boy sleeps peacefully under his cloth of dreams, a quilt made by his grandmother to keep the dark night things away. But when the cloth is accidentally torn, a chain of nightmares escapes through its holes. Can he find the courage to mend his cloth of dreams? Full color.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-At birth, a boy is given a beautiful quilt by his grandmother. She has made it to keep away the dark things of the night, but only until the child is ``big enough to forge his own courage.'' When he accidentally tears the quilt, nightmares rush out at him while he sleeps. Terrified, he searches for his grandmother's room so that she can repair it, but first she sends him on a journey to the roof to obtain threads from the moon and the sun. She then repairs the ``cloth of dreams,'' reminding the boy that he no longer needs it now that he has forged his own courage. The book starts off promisingly, with gorgeous endpapers of the quilt. The remaining illustrations are disappointing, however, especially in the lack of detail in the characters' faces-they never seem to change their expressions. Mayhew's images are dark, and the drawing of a frightful hag dropping the boy into the gaping jaws of a huge fish is enough to scare both adults and children. This story is far more likely to cause nightmares than to alleviate them. Jim Aylesworth's The Bad Dream (Albert Whitman, 1985) presents a much more sympathetic treatment, as does Audrey Osofsky's calming and poetic Dreamcatcher (Orchard, 1992).-George Delalis, Chicago Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564029751
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
11/04/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 10.17(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This narrative uses language suitable for children in kindergarten - 2nd grade. The main character is a little boy. In the book, he feels protected by a blanket that his grandmother had made for him. The blanket would protect him until he could overcome his fears. One day the boy tears the blanket and must ask his grandmother to fix it. But all of his fears turn into obstacles when he must retrieve the items his grandmother needs to fix the blanket. Many children can relate to this book because they too have a blanket that they sleep with that makes them feel safe.