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Gr 1-3-A seriously flawed effort. A present-day brother and sister visit their grandfather's studio, where he teaches them that art can take them to faraway, magical places. The siblings take their small pieces of canvas and head off on their adventure, visiting dinosaurs and prehistoric people. They find themselves in the middle of a buffalo hunt and are rescued by helpful Natives on horseback. Next, the children are given a ride in a bullboat to a village (probably Mandan or Hidatsa-it doesn't say) where they encounter a "man who stepped forward from the crowd." The man, who just happens to be the grandfather, is wearing a double-tailed eagle feather war bonnet. The eagle feather is a religious symbol, given for deeds of courage, and would not be worn by this white man. In this picture, he looks like one of those bad photographs of Calvin Coolidge from the roaring '20s when people didn't know any better. Even worse, the grandfather is wearing blue jeans, showing even less respect for the traditions of these Native Americans. The pen-and-ink illustrations with watercolor wash are lively, and the theme of encouraging people to follow their dreams is laudable. However, the book's weaknesses outweigh its strengths.

Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK

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A wonderful, imaginative journey that offers to its readers, young and old, a fun and easy understanding of art and the power of thought that artists offer in their work. --Rudy Hoglund, Art Director (retired), TIME Magazine

Required reading for every reader who wants a transporting experience through visual imagery and well crafted language... this literary gem will be treasured by people of all ages. --O. Aldon James, President, The National Afts Club

Glanzman artfully blends his styles as both a children's illustrator and a longtime producer of historically and scientifically accurate illustrations for National Geographic. --BookPage

Required reading for every reader who wants a transporting experience through visual imagery and well crafted language... this literary gem will be treasured by people of all ages. --O. Aldon James, President, The National Afts Club

Glanzman artfully blends his styles as both a children's illustrator and a longtime producer of historically and scientifically accurate illustrations for National Geographic. --BookPage

Required reading for every reader who wants a transporting experience through visual imagery and well crafted language... this literary gem will be treasured by people of all ages. --O. Aldon James, President, The National Afts Club

Glanzman artfully blends his styles as both a children's illustrator and a longtime producer of historically and scientifically accurate illustrations for National Geographic. --BookPage
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Self Esteem and Self Respect Publications - MarshMedia; First edition (September 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559421819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559421812
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Art Barron on February 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have never read a review that missed the point so far and missed the forest for the trees as Dona J. Helmer's review of Dream Catchers. I read this book and explained the illustrations to three of my grandchildren (ages 10, 9, & 8) and they absolutely loved it. All of them asked me to get copies of the book for them. Fortunately, they are not into political correctness as is the reviewer. They know who Santa Claus and Bugs Bunny are, but are not up to speed on Calvin Coolidge or Indian lore. The character is wearing blue jeans because he is supposed to be the grandfather participating in a story with his grandchildren demonstrating that art can take you anywhere if you have the imagination.
Ms. Helmer even manages to wound one ofthe past century's great illustrators. (Time magazine covers, National Geographic, historical drawings hung in historical places, and the famous Pipi Longstocking.) Perhaps that word has not yet reached Alaska yet and maybe the reviewer should spend some time in the lower 48. Lighten up - this is not exactly a Steven Ambrose or Doris Kearns Goodwin book. This is about kids' adventures and mutual love between them and a grandfather. I often tell my young grandchildren stories to make a point, but I do not pour over history books first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marguerite Le on October 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My elementary school children loved this book--the story of two children who learn the joy of using their imaginations.... and the story is wonderfully illustrated. The text is simple,but it respects the intelligence of young readers. When my pupils finish their work, they often pick up DREAM CATCHERS to page through it to remember their favorite parts. Some of my students loved the pictures so much that they tried to reproduce the pictures themselves--especially the Dream Catcher, the craft in the water and the sunset! I would recommend this book to elementary school teachers and to parents to share with children. Another friend of mine from church is buying several to give as holiday gifts. Good idea....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "suhays" on August 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Dream Catchers combines the talents of a world-renowned illustrator, Louis S. Glanzman, and and up-and-coming children's storyteller, Lisa Suhay. It combines educational fun with eye-popping illustrations. This is a book that adults can enjoy with their children and grandchildren. I can't wait to share the enjoyment with my own grandchildren.
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