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The Weaving of a Dream (Picture Puffins) Paperback – October 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 - Preschool
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140505288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140505283
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this sumptuous book termed by PW a "breathtaking debut," Heyer retells the Chinese folktale of the old woman who spends three years weaving a brocade of a longed-for palace. When the fabric is blown away, the woman's three sons set out to find it; only the honest son succeeds. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3 Up The Chinese legend of "The Chuang Brocade" is faithfully retold in a volume of exquisite beauty. The story is of a widow who supports her three sons by selling her finely crafted brocades. At the market one day she trades her work for a painting of a lovely palace. Obsessed with the beauty of the scene, she spends three full years copying the painting in a brocade, only to have it snatched away by a wind upon its completion. As she lies grieving, her youngest son, after the two elder ones succumb to greed, searches for the brocade in a quest that leads through fire and ice to a fairy palace on a mountain top. Heyer's 15 illustrations show a masterful artistic technique. From the silken threads of the sumptuous brocade to the tiniest wrinkles in a hand, the photographic realism of a silver necklace, the touchable softness of a fur cuff, the intricate perfection of an Oriental pattern and the fine hairs of a butterfly's wings, each painting offers an experience of sensuous delight. Small red woodcut-like squares featuring animals and birds from the paintings (meant to resemble chops) are placed on each white page of text, adding to the book's attractiveness. Heyer's skillful retelling of the ancient legend and her magnificent illustrations combine to form a book of astonishing beauty. Susan Scheps, Bertram Woods Library, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Every page is filled with lush and gorgeous, brilliant, vibrant illustrations.
Swank Ivy
After four years of looking in used book stores and on the internet I have finally found the book that my grandmother had given me.
Rebecca Law
The author, Marilee Heyer, beautifully retells this tale but what makes her retelling so compelling are her illustrations.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "angelinetwi" on January 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
Ok when I first read this book I was 9 years old and after the first time I found it my local library I was never able to find it again because I forgot the title and the author but I never forgot the story or the beautiful artwork. Now that I'm 19 and there's now the internet to use, I'm happy to have found this book again! I've been looking for this book for 10 years, it is worth the search and will be memorable to any child who reads it. ^_^V
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexe Cinz on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like angelinetwi, I read this book as a small child, and it has stayed in the back of my mind since. I'm twenty-five and the book had just been published when I came across it at ~ ten. It will really inspire those of Chinese heritage, intrigue those who are new to Chinese culture, and simply mesmerise anyone who loves fantastic artwork.

Now that I make illustrations of my own, I can't help thinking that this book was a subconscious inspiration for many a drawing!

I agree with other readers that Ms Heyer's prose does not let down her pictures. Wonderful, wonderful book.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found the art in this book stunning. I almost couldn't believe my eyes, it really took me into the tapestry! This book is truly a work of art with a wonderful story told in words and color! Since I first laid my eyes on it I've wanted it (and still do)! The third son is a true example of the love we owe our mothers. His mother spent blood and tears weaving the tapestry and when the wind stole it away to the fairys he was the only one who would give what was required to return it to his mother. And in doing so save her life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sithara Batcha on August 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Like other reviewers here, I also first encountered this book as a child. I remember spending hours staring at the beautiful pictures- wishing I could be there!

Over the years, I would remember the book fondly, wondering if I would ever see it again. Then, I just happened to find it on Amazon- of course, I ordered it right away!

When I received the book, I must say I was at first a bit disappointed. While the pictures were still beautiful, the colors were not as bright as I remembered. Perhaps my memory fooled me?

Then I started reading the story- and I once again transported to a place long ago and far away.

I was quickly drawn into the mystical tale of the old widow, weaving her dream palace with not only thread but her tears and blood. How, after it was blown away by the wind spirits, she asks her three sons to fetch it for her, otherwise, she will surely die! How after two of her sons fall pray to fear and greed, her third son succeeds by crossing the mountain of fire and the lake of ice to reach Sun Mountain, the home of the fairies. How the brocade comes to life and they all live happily ever after.

Each time I turned the page, I would gaze at each picture, taking in all the details. The picture of the palace continues to enchant me, as it had enchanted the old widow and her sons, with its "garden, the flowers, the beautiful palace, song-birds of every kind, luscious fruits and vegetables ready to pick, all in the most perfect detail." Reading the book and viewing the pictures, its almost as if I am there.

Read this book and you too can be drawn into this enchanting dream!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Orbanic on June 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
There are only a few books that have stayed in my memory from childhood, and this book would be one of the two. I got this book when I was 9 or 10, and absolutely fell in love with the art, as well as the enchanting story. I remember looking at it for hours and examening all the details. I remember it inspiering me to get art paper and pencils. I spent weeks trying to draw the cover, as well, as some of the beautiful details inside the book. I moved around a lot as a child and lost the beautiful book in one of the many moves. I never forgot the book. Now I'm 32 and I have a 2 year old son. Every time I'm looking for books I always look for a book that might inspire his creativity the way The Weaving of a dream inspired me. I wanted to purchase this book for him for when he get's older but for the life of me could not remember the title. And then recently I came across a recommendation list on Amazon called "The Most Beautiful Illustrations". And found the book listed there. I immediately bought it. I was bummed out that the Hardcover version was no longer available. I am happy to

report it's just as beautiful, and enchanting as I remember it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I gave this book four stars because of its' wonderful illustrations and because it is a great folk tale.I also like how they all have to take a journey to find the quilt of their mother.Also because the little brother did not give up.And also how her dream comes true.I recommend this book if you like folk tales and dreams.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MomTwoBoys on February 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
The illustrations are absolutely superb, however a couple of them are of a slightly 'dark' nature and might frighten very young children. My 8 year old enjoyed the enchanting story and majestic illustrations - I bought this for my young niece though and am now wondering if she will like it as much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "maredeezy" on February 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book has great illustrations and a great storyline. I read it to my children now and suggest it to anyone who loves chinese folktales and art.
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