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The Veldt (Tale Blazers) Paperback – September, 1982

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  • Series: Tale Blazers
  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (September 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895989662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895989666
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011, at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Gorman on June 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this story as a young adult (in 6th grade) and I am now in my 30's and the impact and storyline has never left me. The Veldt combines sci-fi with the imagination and fleeting, yet intense, emotional responses of children. Ray delves into a child's mind and shows how aware children really are, and why they should be given more credit by adults. While the story can be considered a smidge disturbing a times, it's inherant brillance and poetic timing has made it a story to pass on to all generations. As with all Ray Bradbury material, this one is a must read, must keep, must share!

-Jaime
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zeek on December 6, 2011
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Society has evolved to a place where a home can babysit and raise your kids for you, with a nursery that will bring to life anything your child imagines. George and Lydia Hadley were happy to purchase their Happylife Home so affordably, where lights turn on as you walk in a room and the house clothed and fed and rocked their kids to sleep. But something is awry in the nursery. The room is stuck on an African Veldt land with lions feeding and vultures looming- and this imaginary world feels all too real.

When George asks the kids about their African playground, the kids deny that's where they've been and when Wendy, his daughter, quickly runs ahead of George and changes the scenery, he knows they are hiding something.

Realizing that giving the kids everything they've ever wanted probably wasn't such a good idea, he begins to shut things down- including the nursery. But too little- too late, and at the end of the tale, George and Lydia finally realize why the screams coming from the nursery every night sounded so familiar.

Bradbury never fails to strike me with his descriptive wording- even in a short short story such as this:

"The hot straw smell of liongrass, the cool green smell of the hidden water hole, the great rusty smell of animals, the smell of dust like a red paprika in the hot air."

"Like a red paprika..." Hunh. Love that.

I'm also sensing, Bradbury really didn't like modern entertainment and the direction it's heading. He must have felt that eventually it would atrophy the brain and spoil the kiddos.

He was right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Critic's Corner on November 14, 2013
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Ray Bradbury's short story is really a treat. It's a criticism on not only automation in the household but how electronics and media get in the way of good communication between parents and their children, and in fact build up resentment toward the parents.

The children love their electronics and think their parents are crazy to want to take that way and be a family again. Their solution to this problem is chilling.

The book is written in an education format, where children write responses and essays to Bradbury's story.

Recommended, especially for teachers and young readers.
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By Alex on June 11, 2015
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You have the universe encased tightly within four glass walls, yet your connection to the world is as bleak as the effort your parents have put into raising you. Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt provides a very possible future, in which “odorophonics and sonics” replace the need for human bonds. Our own world may not have perfectly adaptive rooms that stimulate each of your senses at the flicker of a thought, but it’s definitely heading somewhere close.

The Veldt was a wonderful story and, albeit short, it carried a strong message. Many strong messages, in fact. It showed readers that the amount of work one has to do is not inversely correlated with how happy they are, and that relying on technology for everything we do can sever bonds that it never even let develop.

The tale begins with the Hadley’s, a happy futuristic family living in a technologically consumed world. Problems arise when Lydia asks George to investigate their kids nursery, a four walled room that can take the kids’ thoughts and transform them into a three dimensional reality. It’s meant to be used to watch over their psychological behavior. At the time the story takes place, the Hadley children have turned the nursery into an African veldt.

Everything goes downhill when the lions in the nursery seemingly attack the Hadley’s, leaving Lydia to believe the nursery has become too real. She asks George to have the family take a break from all the technology in the house, and realizes she hasn’t even bathed the kids or made them breakfast at all herself, since the “ Happylife Home” system did it all for her.

It as at this point that the Hadley kids, Wendy and Peter, are introduced, and immediately the effects of the house become clear.
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By Levi on April 11, 2013
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This review contains spoilers!!!!

Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" takes place in what initially seems like a utopian future. George, Lydia, and their children Peter and Wendy, live in a Happylife Home which is designed to cater to their every need. The home cooks, cleans, sings and even plays with the family, everything the parents should be doing. The highlight of the home, however, is the "nursery." It is this room that leads to Bradbury's future being much more dark and dystopian than utopian and provides the warning that too much technology can be dangerous and parents must play an active role in their childrens' lives.
The nursery is an incredible piece of technology, it is a room that can generate scenery, textures and even smells, all with a thought. It is the nursery that drives the plot of "The Veldt." Initially, the nursery is an escape for the children letting them live in the world of Alice or Aladdin, George and Lydia start to get concerned when the children start living in the African veldt. Following a scare with the lions of the veldt they realize how much the technology of their home has taken over their lives with Peter and Wendy "living for the nursery," and Lydia feeling as though, "the house is wife and mother and nursemaid," causing them to decide to lock up the nursery and contemplate a vacation from the house.
Soon after the parents realize that their children are completely spoiled and that they do not like their parents interfering with their lives or their attempts at discipline. It is the parents attempts at parenting that leads to the complication as both Peter and Wendy love the house, as it is the house that has been raising them.
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