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The Weaving of a Dream (Picture Puffins) Paperback – October 1, 1989
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
report it's just as beautiful, and enchanting as I remember it.