Just a Dream

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1990 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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Walter is a litterbug who does not appreciate the beauty of nature, or understand his role in keeping the planet healthy . . . until a fantastic journey shows him the tragic fate that could befall Earth if humans like him are not more careful. Are Walter's actions really helping his planet along the road to destruction, or is it all just a dream?

Chris Van Allsburg's classic story of environmental responsibility is now available in this special paperback edition with french flaps.


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It would be a good introduction in a science lesson. - Goodreads
I find his illustrations most elusive and stimulating. - Goodreads
I really liked the illustrations in this book, too. - Goodreads
The fault in this story goes to its layout. - Goodreads
The illustrations are all bordered, even on the cover. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mandy Moran - Goodreads

Title: Just a Dream Author: Chris Van Allsburg Published 10/29/1990 Genre: Fantasy The book begins by painting a picture of Walter as a young, short-sighted litter bug that genuinely doesn't care ... Read full review

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User Review  - Graham Lazar - Goodreads

I am perhaps not the most objective judge of Van Allsburg's "Just a Dream," as this is an author and illustrator I have grown up with and subsequently built into my curriculum as a first-year 3rd ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

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