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THE WEAVER by Thacher Hurd

THE WEAVER

By Thacher Hurd (Author) , Elisa Kleven (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: June 22nd, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-374-38254-4
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Where do dreams come from? In this picture book, the weaver (a young girl seated on a cloud and accompanied by an unmentioned gray cat) creates dreams on her loom in the sky with thread spun “from trails of shooting stars, / white clouds, / and spiderwebs hung with dew” and dyed with colors of the morning gleaned from the sky, grass, fields and water. Throughout the day, she weaves a tapestry of memories held and emotions felt by people all over the world, and then she dances around the nighttime world with her completed cloth, letting it “[drift] down / to the earth below— / a coat to warm us / and protect us, / a coat to fill us with joy.” Kleven’s soft, painterly illustrations depict a multicultural cast of characters going about their days and dream-filled nights in different parts of the world, and the weaver returns home to her own family in the sky at book’s end, providing a satisfying conclusion to the gentle, lyrical bedtime story. (Picture book. 3-7)