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Sweep Dreams Hardcover – June 1, 2005

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Willard's lyrical tale is a delightful love story of a lonely man and the magical red broom he finds languishing in the corner of the supermarket. When the "sweepwalking" broom starts to dance alone at night, she attracts the attention of a stranger who steals her and tries to force her to dance for a paying crowd, then tosses her into the river when she is uncooperative. Alerted to her fate by a fortune-teller, the man rescues her and brings her home. But the broom is no longer happy in a house, and when he releases her, she leaps into the sky to sweep away the clouds, polish the rainbows, and tidy up the stars. GrandPré's oil-wash and colored-pencil artwork is as tender and expressive as the story. Small details convey how very precious this wonderful broom is to the man. The vivid illustrations sweep delicately across the page, depicting the beauty of the natural landscape and open skies. In this modern tale of chivalry, the man loves the broom so much that he sets her free, to find happiness working at Mother Nature's tasks.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City
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PreS-K. "There was once a man who fell in love with a broom. The broom stood all alone at the end of an aisle, between the mayonnaise and the frozen foods. Her broomstraws were as red as if she's swept up a sunset." The man takes the broom home, and he dances with her, until a dark stranger kidnaps her and throws her into the river. Then the man rescues her, and he sets her free to sweep the stars. With joyful magical realism, the simple words root the story in the ordinary, and the lively oil wash and colored-pencil pictures show the coziness and the adventure in a folklore style. Preschoolers will enjoy the blend of the commonplace and the wild. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316940089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316940085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,138,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 12, 2005
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Mary GrandPre illustrates an unusual, fun story of a man and a broom who fall in love. Once he whisks her home from the supermarket, the graceful broom enchants him with her ability to dance, sweep and even sleepwalk. When she's kidnapped by a greedy strange, trouble enters the world. An unusual tale with no equal, Sweet Dreams is a delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred Camfield on May 8, 2006
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This is a delightful book for younger children. It has 29 un-numbered pages of text and color illustrations. The text is in easy to read Garamond Medium, and the book is suitable to use as a children's bedtime story. Unlike earlier books by the author (see, for example, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"), the text in this book is not written as poetry.

As usual with the author's books, it deals with magic and fantasy. A man finds an unusual broom when he is out shopping and, initially, wants it as a collectable to admire. But the magical broom wants to sweep and dance. The broom becomes the talk of the neighborhood until it is observed by a stranger and stolen. The thief attempts unsuccessfully to use the broom for his own purposes, then attempts to destroy it. But the broom is rescued by its real owner.

Alas, the broom has lost its desire to dance, until one cloudy evening when it sweeps away the clouds. The broom goes upon its way but leaves a star behind for the man to put in his window.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Courson on July 19, 2005
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A fun book for our girl who loves to dance, and now just seeing a broom is an excuse to "sweep" around the room. She was even concerned after the first night that we read the book, that the broom we leave on the patio might get lonely...or run away. The only glitch for us in this book is the fortune teller page. Our 3 1/2-year old hadn't heard of one of those, thought she looked scary, but the crystal ball was interesting.
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