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Just a Dream Paperback – Picture Book, March 7, 2011
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In this picture book classic, travel with young Walter on a fantastical adventure as he journeys—by way of his bed—into a polluted dreamscape world that wakes him up to our collective and individual environmental responsibility.
Walter does not appreciate the beauty of nature, or understand his role in keeping the planet healthy . . . until a fantastic journey shows him the tragic fate that could befall Earth if humans like him are not more careful.
Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express) pairs pitch-perfect narrative with his full-color pastel illustrations, rendering this picture book a story that has stood the test of time.
"Two-time Caldecott Medalist Van Allsburg reaches a new pinnacle of excellence in both illustration and storytelling in his latest work." (Publishers Weekly)
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|The Polar Express||Jumanji||The Garden of Abdul Gasazi||The Stranger||Zathura|
|Read More Books by Chris Van Allsburg||Take a ride aboard the Polar Express in this award-winning, classic holiday story, perfect for every child’s library.||Over thirty years ago, Peter and Judy first found the game—Jumanji—with the instructions that once the game is started, it must be finished or it will go on forever—and it was then, with this same wonderment, readers found Jumanji, too.||In this extraordinary, unusual, and unique picture book, Chris Van Allsburg explores both the real and surreal worlds with incredible deftness.||The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost?||The story of the boy and his obsession to become the world’s greatest sailor, and a storm that carried them to a place where boats sail on the wind, instead of on the water.|
|The Widow's Broom||The Sweetest Fig||Just a Dream||Zathura||The Mysteries of Harris Burdick|
|The enchanting story of a widow who finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom after a witch falls into her garden.||Once again Chris Van Allsburg explores the mysterious territory between fantasy and reality in an uncanny tale that will intrigue readers of all ages.||Young Walter litters and refuses to sort trash for recycling until he dreams of an overcrowded and polluted future which terrifies him into taking care of the earth.||The companion to Jumanji—a tale of intergalactic adventure and sibling rivalry where a roll the dice transports two brothers to the mythical land of Zathura.||Chris Van Allsburg challenges young readers to use their creativity and imagination in this one-of-a-kind book that asks readers to finish the story.|
"Not only are Just a Dream's illustrations some of the most striking Van Allsburg has ever created, but the text is his best yet. Van Allsburg has sacrificed none of the powerful, otherworldly spirit that suffuses his earlier works, and he has taken a step forward by bringing this spirit to bear on a vitally important issue. His fable builds to an urgent plea for action as it sends a rousing message of hope." — Publishers Weekly
"Having littered, scoffed at a friend's newly planted tree, and failed to sort his trash, Walter dreams of a future buried in garbage, with even the Grand Canyon hidden by smog. No enigmatic subtext here, just the unabashed message—and Van Allsburg's lucid, powerfully composed art doing what it's supposed to: making graphic Pogo's plaint that 'We have met the enemy and he is us.' " — Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Chris Van Allsburg is one of America’s most innovative picture book creators. He is perhaps best known for the contemporary classic The Polar Express, which received the Caldecott Medal in 1985 and was made into a blockbuster movie starring Tom Hanks. He also received the Caldecott Medal for Jumanji, which was made into a popular feature film in 1996 and again in 2017. He also received a Caldecott Honor for his very first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. He has received the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature, a National Book Award, and a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors. He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com.
- Publisher : Clarion Books; 1st edition (March 7, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0547520263
- ISBN-13 : 978-0547520261
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : 550L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.2 x 11.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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included drawing a picture of what COULD happen if we don't take care of our earth, and what we SHOULD do to
prevent that from happening.
Van Allsburg takes a dreaming boy on a trip through time, showing him one catastrophic event after another. All of these were reversable by simple recyling, and caring for natural resources. The boy in the story awakens to find there is still time to become a part of the solution. No primary classroom should be without this book.
Read-aloud interest level is ages 5-8. Reading level is grade 2.