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Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 26, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Quite accidentally, Gideon, a grub, briefly experiences the exhilarating, free-flying life that awaits him as a butterfly. This first taste of freedom—a thrilling though somewhat scary descent to earth while perched on a falling leaf—fills him with a single purpose. He dreams of flying and "would figure out this…thing if it was the last thing this little grub would ever do." Retiring to a reed in a meadow where he builds a cabin, Gideon devotes himself to trying to solve the mystery of flight. But, ultimately, nature intervenes, and he emerges from his chrysalis to find that he has wings. Reassuringly, the midnight-blue illustrations make way for the "gray-green and growing grasses" of a springtime morning. Splashes of vibrant color adorn both the final pages and the endpapers, showing the magnificence of caterpillars transformed into soaring butterflies. As a metaphor for maximizing human potential, however, the book falls short as readers will not be convinced that Gideon's dreams and ambitions have anything to do with his growth and change. More dazzling titles on the topic of metamorphosis include Lois Ehlert's Waiting for Wings (Harcourt, 2001) and Anne Rockwell's Becoming Butterflies (Walker, 2002).—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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"A truly charming, touching and uplifting children’s book that parents will also love. As times change, we look for the myths that speak to us now. Gideon’s Dream has the feel of a classic already. It is a beautiful story told for our time and our family loved it!" -- Jack Canfield

"An inspiring journey of transformation for both children and adults. Well done!" -- Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061434973
  • ASIN: B001O9CDME
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,590,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just received this and while I purchased it for a child, after reading it, I realized it is book for young and old. It brought tears to my eyes. Eloquently written, beautifully illustrated. It is a remarkable little book. Sure to become a classic and will remain on my list of gifts to be given for many years to come!!
Wonderful story. Reminiscent of the Shel Silverstein books of the 70's. Enjoy it!
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This is by far, the most adorable book to read to my kids. I don't cringe at the thought of reading it for the 60th time - My husband and I actually ask our kids if we can read it to them versus other stories. The illustrations are so precious, it really is a heart warming story. What a wonderful gift to give to any young children you know.
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This heartfelt book of transformation is told with a couple of modern twists. My family and friends love the illustrations. I've turned to this book for a reminder of hope when I'm feeling "bumped and bruised". This is one of our favorite gifts for kids 5 and up.
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