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Tree of dreams : ten tales from the garden of night
Yep, Laurence, 1948-
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Publication Information:
[Mahwah, N.J.] : BridgeWater Books, [1995]

Physical Description:
93 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
The helpful badger -- Dream girl -- Fighting cricket -- South branch -- The rescue -- Paying with shadows -- The dream tree -- The loom of night -- The buried treasure -- The fool's dream.
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.1 7 Quiz: 22152 Guided reading level: O.
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Tree Of Dreams is a masterful collection, Newbery Honor author Laurence yet ascends the tree of dreams, taking young readers on a journey through its branches to offer a new perspective on dreams and dreaming.

Author Notes

Laurence Yep was born in San Francisco, California on June 14, 1948. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He primarily writes fiction for young adults, but has also written and edited several works for adults. His first novel, Sweetwater, was published in 1973. His other books include Dragonwings, Dragon's Gate, Shadow Lord, Child of the Owl, The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island. He has won numerous awards for his work including the Newbery Medal Honor Book, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6, younger for reading aloud. In gathering these unusual, dream-related stories from around the world, Yep seeks "a new perspective on dreams and dreaming" and "a glimpse not only of a different patch of the universe but of one another, as well." Each tale complies, proffering its unique spin on the mystery of why we dream and, in the process, revealing cultural differences and universalities. In "The Helpful Badger," a Japanese story, a dream is a means for animals to communicate with humans. In the Chinese tale, "South Branch," the dream is a teacher humbling an arrogant warrior. There are stories from India, Greece, Brazil, and Senegal, retold with Yep's characteristic gleaming functionality, keen timing, and wit. With perhaps one exception, "Dream Girl," the stories are strong, deserving of retelling, and worthy contributors to this informal study of the universal phenomenon of dreams. To be illustrated with black-and-white drawings. ~--Julie Yates Walton

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Dreaming is a bond that unites us-beyond language and custom, beyond geography and time itself," writes Yep (Dragon's Gate; Child of the Owl) in his preface to this intriguing collection. Culled from several cultures and many centuries, the 10 stories here draw on such folklore traditions as those of China, ancient Greece and Brazil. In each, a character ascends what Yep refers to as "the tree of dreams" and, while sleeping, has an adventure that teaches him or her a lesson. Wealthy emperors, humble servants, spirits, gods and animals play roles in these narratives. True to the chimerical nature of dreams, some of the plots are labyrinthine and may confuse literal-minded youngsters. But each conclusion sees justice explicitly served, with greed and arrogance punished while humility, hard work and honesty are rewarded. Introducing every story is a full-page, deep-hued illustration by Seltzer (The House I Live In), who ably and creatively invokes the aura and images of the various diverse cultures. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7‘Drawing on sources acknowledged at the end of the book, Yep retells 10 stories from Japan, India, China, Greece, Brazil, and Senegal in lively prose, shaping plot and point of view to emphasize each tale's dream aspect. In one selection, Badger guardians speak to their generous benefactor in his dream. In another, a prince braves distance and danger to find the princess of his dreams. In a third, a boy's dream spirit enters the body of a cricket, while a warrior dreams a lifetime as an ant, and learns humility. In yet another, a boy gains wisdom from the tree of dreams growing deep in the rain forest, only to incur murderous jealousy from other members of his tribe. A preface reminds readers that ``dreaming is a bond that unites us,'' while an afterword briefly touches on the literary, scientific, and Freudian views on dreams. Seltzer offers one illustration per tale in a brash, deliberately rough-hewn style emphasizing the tales' strangeness. A collection to read for pure enjoyment, or to ponder the connection between dreams and folklore.‘Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.