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Title:
Dandelion wine
Author:
Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Revised Bantam edition 1976.
Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Books, [1975]

©1975
Physical Description:
xiii, 239 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
"Grand master editions" -- Cover.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
880 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.0 10.0 528.

Reading Counts RC High School 6.2 14 Quiz: 02746 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780553277531
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding--remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.

The only god living in Green Town, Illinois, that Douglas Spaulding knew of.

The facts about John Huff, aged twelve, are simple and soon stated.

* He could pathfind more trails than any Choctaw or Cherokee since time began.
* Could leap from the sky like a chimpanzee from a vine.
* Could live underwater two minutes and slide fifty yards downstream.
* Could hit baseballs into apple trees, knocking down harvests.
* Could jump six-foot orchard walls.
* Ran laughing.
* Sat easy.
* Was not a bully.
* Was kind.
* Knew the words to all the cowboy songs and would teach you if you asked.
* Knew the names of all the wild flowers and when the moon would rise or set and when the tides came in or out.

He was, in fact, the only god living in the whole of Green Town, Illinois, during the twentieth century that Douglas Spaulding knew of.

"[Ray] Bradbury is an authentic original."-- Time


Author Notes

Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. At the age of fifteen, he started submitting short stories to national magazines. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 600 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books. His books include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Bradbury Speaks. He won numerous awards for his works including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1977, 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.

He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. The film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was written by Ray Bradbury and was based on his story The Magic White Suit.

He was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, as well as being an imagineer for Walt Disney Enterprises, where he designed the Spaceship Earth exhibition at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. He died after a long illness on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Rhapsodic is the word to describe this episodic novel of the summer of 1928, when 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding first realizes, with a visceral rush, that he is alive! The other discoveries he makes during that memorable season are the stuff of this series of semiautobiographical stories, all set in Greentown, Illinois, a surrogate for Bradbury's own hometown of Waukegan. For Doug and Bradbury summer is a time for rituals, for buying new sneakers, hanging the front-porch swing, picking wild fox grapes, mowing oceans of grass, making dandelion wine, and more. It's a time for savoring small pleasures but also for experiencing the pain of loss when a best friend moves away and a great-grandmother dies. And there's danger, too, symbolized by the deep, midnight-dark ravine that bisects Greentown, where a serial killer dubbed the Lonely One may lurk. All of this is lovingly evoked by Bradbury in one of his most deeply felt and beautifully written books. Dandelion Wine, a classic celebration of childhood and of a sweetly idealized America, remains as pleasurable to read now as when it was first published by Doubleday more than 50 years ago in 1957.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2008 Booklist


Library Journal Review

This 1957 gem is the latest in Avon's ongoing series of Bradbury reprints. This sweet little hardcover features the full text of the novel‘the story of one magical summer in the life of 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding‘along with an introduction by the author. Without flash or best-sellerdom, Bradbury has emerged as one of this country's great writers, and libraries lacking a quality hardcover of his beloved novel should jump on this. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.