Ben's Dream: Story and Pictures

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Houghton Mifflin, 1982 - Juvenile Fiction - 31 pages
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On a terrifically rainy day, Ben has a dream in which he and his house float by the monuments of the world, half submerged in flood-water. "The story idea, so economically carried out in the text, is illustrated in the artist's meticulous drawings, marvels of symbolism, reality, imagination, and perspective." -- Publishers Weekly

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User Review  - Stacey - Goodreads

Great "read" for all ages, although there are few words. Readers follow the book through pages of Allsburg's illustrations. Perfect mentor text for discussing plot, detail, visualization and more. Read full review

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User Review  - Dholsten - Goodreads

I liked the concept of this children's book, but I didn't like how it was delivered. Having two children experience each other as the wake up clarion was not an exciting touch. The illustrations were wonderful, but again, there was not enough wit with the prose (in my humble opinion). Read full review

About the author (1982)

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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