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  - SASegsworth - LibraryThing

Clever book starts with boy and his friend studying for geography test, shares a dream of famous landmarks, and ends with him meeting his friend again, who had experienced a similar dream. Read full review

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User Review  - matthewbloome - LibraryThing

Though it pales in comparison to Just a Dream, this book is a lot of fun. I enjoyed it primarily for the illustrations, since the story is hardly existent almost like a something from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Read full review

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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 was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at

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