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


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061434973
  • ASIN: B001O9CDME
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.3 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: #2,881,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Not a Peep on February 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Rappaport on March 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gideon's Dream is a wonderfully inspiring book for children of all ages: for anyone who may be undergoing a transition, who will undergo a transformation at some time, or for those who should. Speaking to the fears we have as we approach change, and reassuring us about the possibilities of wonderful outcomes as we do, Gideon's Dream is a delightful guide -- a companion for the mind, heart, and soul. I can envision re-reading it many times, as well as giving it and recommending it to friends, patients, and other grubs on the verge of becoming butterflies. Buy this book, and share it with your friends, loved ones, and your inner self!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Goldstein on March 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Being that this is the year I will turn sixty, there are few experiences that allow me to be a child again; such is the case with this extraordinary little book. Although I bought this book with a child in mind I had no idea that child would turn out to be me. The beautiful illustrations are emotionally impactful and artfully done. However, it is the notion that we all have the seeds of a new beginning waiting for its season to come forth that made this book resonate with me. Gideon not only reminded me of this quality of the human condition; it inspired me as well.
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