Dreamland by Roni Schotter. il Kevin Hawkes.
Orchard Books: NY, 1996.

Theo's whole family works at the tailor trade. He and his uncle have their hearts and minds elsewhere. After a while Uncle Gurney leaves to try a new opportunity. Theo offers him his drawings of fantasy inventions to take with him. Little did they know Uncle Gurney would find a use for them, in fact, bring them to life.

This is an intriguing story with a little history and a lot of imagination. From the cover, it was not at all what I expected. It is a very real story despite the fantasy, and it is unique and captivating.

After seeing so much of Hawkes' work, it is not at all surprising that the illustrations are exactly what the story needs-historical for the more sober text and wondrous for the more imaginative parts, with so many creative details.

related-imagination, tailors
RL=1st-2nd, read aloud to pre-K and up

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