- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374382549
- ISBN-13: 978-0374382544
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Weaver Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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Kindergarten-Grade 2—An industrious girl in a red dress sits high above the earth on a cloud with her pet cat. She watches the world and sings while she spins thread "from trails of shooting stars, white clouds, and spiderwebs hung with dew." She uses "the colors of the morning" to dye the thread and begins to weave. As the sun moves across the sky, the girl watches and weaves what she observes into the cloth on her loom. Below, children run and play, families celebrate birthdays, and parents cuddle babies. The child records smiles and hugs, laughter and kisses, creating "a cloth of friendships." She shows how lives are intertwined, "held together like vines." At sunset, she lifts her handiwork from the loom and dances across the heavens to spread the protective cloth over the world and then dances home where her own loving family greets her with open arms. The fanciful illustrations reflect the story's sense of celebration, portraying children, their families, and friends sharing small but significant moments in a kaleidoscope of springtime colors. Tiny characters of all nationalities enjoy life in a sun-drenched landscape while the gentle weaver and her adorable gray kitten watch from above. This dreamy story offers a reassuring message of love and security.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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In this ethereal tale, a young woman in the heavens spins thread “from trails of shooting stars, white clouds, and spiderwebs” while absorbing emotions and experiences from the human activities she observes below. All of these, happy and sad, are integrated into “a cloth of friendship,” with which she covers the sky as darkness falls to protect and “fill us with joy . . . as we dream in our beds,” before she returns home to be tucked in by her own celestial family. As in Wish (2008), Kleven's wispy art shows the world from the weaver's aerial perspective and features recognizable continents and diverse, joyful scenes of global cultures. Although its gentle, imaginative premise may render it somewhat esoteric in a day and age when the words dream weaver more commonly refer to computer software than a legend, this fanciful title offers an opportunity for children to settle down with a reassuring, positive message of comfort, security, and global connectedness. Preschool-Grade 2. --Andrew Medlar
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I personally, as an adult, LOVE the story and appreciate the quiet beauty of the words and an older, more thoughtful child might appreciate it as well.
The story has however not kept the attention of the younger kids I have read it to. AND I really wanted them to love it as much as I did. Oh well.
I'm still happy I own the book and the kids still love to flip through and look at the pictures. I think when they get a little older they might enjoy it more.
A good quiet-time, bed-time book.