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My Dream Playground (Kaboom! Book) Hardcover – August 6, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Kaboom! Book
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763655317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763655310
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr 2–From her apartment window, a young girl gazes out at an empty lot and wishes it could be transformed. In her sketchbook she draws her vision, complete with slides, swings, monkey bars, and trampolines. When a man with measuring tape and a clipboard arrives, she enthuses, “You're here to build the playground, aren't you? …I just knew you would come.” The character is inspired by the real-life example of the driving force behind the first playground built by the nonprofit organization KaBOOM!. As project manager, the narrator works side by side with Darrell Hammond, KaBOOM!'s founder, and a crew of volunteers. The digital illustrations show the evolution of the project, from childlike stick drawings to workers digging holes and cutting wood, and, finally, the completed playground. The story is thin on details, but it captures the child's excitement and could spark discussions on community engagement and teamwork.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"An unnamed young girl tells readers how the empty lot down the street from her urban apartment became her dream playground--and the part she played in its unfolding. Becker traces the beginnings of a city playground to a young girl who spends every afternoon drawing pictures of her dream playground. Henry's illustrations...are charmingly childlike in their detail, execution and use of imagination. An author's note tells of the real-life little girl who inspired this story. This book may inspire more than dreams." (Picture book. 4-8) --Kirkus Reviews

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It really opens up a lot of discussion, too.
Beth
This book teaches children the importance of having dreams, believing in their dreams and putting in the hard work to make them happen.
S. Hayes
I read this book to my almost three year old and he loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on August 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is such a cute story that happens to be true! Great way for kids to see that with hard work things from their imagination can become reality.
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By Jon Burrows on October 26, 2013
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I don't know what I can add to the universally glowing reviews already posted except to say that this book moved me profoundly, and especially because I have heard of Kaboom! and am familiar with the extraordinary work they do. This book captures that positive spirit, which we desperately need more of today, and I wish every school child could get a copy... The author Kate Becker and the illustrator Jed Henry deserve enormous praise for telling this (true) story so beautifully.
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"I know that someday my dream is going to come true." I loved reading those words. This story is a great example of having a goal, being passionate about it, and most important - believing it's going to happen. My Dream Playground has really hit the mark in these areas. At first I thought this was going to be a simple story about building a playground - it's got much more to it though. If you want to make awesome things happen in your life - then get out there and do it. A message like this often inspires students to think about their own goals and dreams. Can't wait to hear them!
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By Lara Sim on September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We got this book as a gift and my kiddos really enjoy it. We get to journey with the little girl and how she uses her imagination to dream up the perfect playground. Then the reader gets to experience dreams turning to reality with determination and hard work--a great lesson and conversation starter. Appreciate the folks at KaBoom! for producing this book and for all that they do to help reinvigorate playgrounds and the importance of outdoor community spaces across the United States.
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