THE BEE AND THE DREAM by Jan Freeman Long


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Age Range: 6 - 9
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 A Japanese folktale that illustrates how purchasing a friend's dream can lead to profit is sandwiched between two old sayings. ``When you see a bee fly from someone's nose, good fortune will be yours'' is the promise that opens the book. The bee in question flies from Tasuke's nose while he naps and dreams; fellow peasant Shin, obsessed by Tasuke's dream, buys it and follows its directions to a distant city, finding there a wealthy man with a flowering bush under which there is supposed to be a pot of gold. He turns up nothing and goes home in shame. The promise of reward is merely delayed, however, until Shin gets home, for ``If good fortune is meant for you, no matter what happens, it will be yours.'' An author's note describes the meticulous research that went into ensuring this tale's authenticity. Just as meticulous and quite full of humor are the illustrations: Shin's posture when he believes his fortune is lost has the slope of the truly wretched. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-525-45287-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1996