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A young girl climbs the ladder up from the kiva. She looks about, unsure whom she'll see in the sudden sunlight--Anasazi Indians of 800 years ago, or her family and others on a present-day tour of Mesa Verde, Colorado. Within her, mysterious past has merged with awakened present in words and paintings of the past. Full color....

Title : Dreamplace
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ISBN : 9780531071014
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Dreamplace Reviews

  • Carly Bonner
    2019-03-06 01:36

    Dreamplace is a story about a girl and her trip to Mesa Verde. We follow the child into the ancient history of the Anasazi Indian tribe with explicit pictures and mature language. Throughout the story, we are walked through a typical day for the tribe. We get to see what their living situations were like, and what they ate, and how they worked. It was very educational in teaching children the realities of this time. This book is honestly a hard one for me to recommend young children to read. It’s not that it is too much for the average person; I think a lot of the concepts are hard for children to understand. One part in particular depicts death and sickness by portraying a person carrying a limp body to be buried, while a woman cries with her child. This for me was a little too detailed for a children’s book, and I would’ve appreciated if the illustrations were censored for young children.

  • Andrea Carter
    2019-03-01 01:25

    The book 'Dreamplace' by George Ella Lyon and Peter Catalanotto caught my eye from the very beginning. The young girl on the cover looks very sad and uninterested. If you look closely in the background you can see a small native girl holding hands with someone. This cover fits the book well after you read it and understand the concept. The book 'Dreamplace' follows a young girl touring an old native city built under a cliff. I really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful sights the illustrator chose to put in the book. One of my favorite illustrations in the book was the evening sky colored shades of pink. An interesting aspect to the illustrations was one page when it showed all the tourist looking at something but the reader could not tell what it was. This book tells about a different culture and how they lived. One illustration I found somewhat disturbing was the scene that showed a young person who seemed to be dead. The words say, "sickness came" and the picture above it shows an older person holding a lifeless body. You can see a woman embracing a child with sadness and worry on her face which is a hard concept for children to comprehend and understand. I think this could be somewhat disturbing to very young children to see. Towards the end of the story it says that the "trees turned their back" inferring the culture and city passed. I thought this was a somewhat confusing line to the story but after reading through the book a second time I picked up on little clues. For example, when the young American looking girl is touring the city the first picture you see involving the natives shows them faded. They look almost half erased. This is symbolizing that there are two different time periods being shown in the picture. One current and one of the past.

  • Tonya Branch
    2019-02-27 01:25

    Picture StorybookThis is a book about a child who visits a city built by the Pueblo people. The book is amazing because it is told through the eyes of a visitor. We never know the child's name, just what she sees and how alive the place seems to her. As she visits we are constantly reminded of the beauty this place holds. She says in amazement, "Like a dream, like a sandcastly, this city the Pueblo people build under a cliff." The book then goes on to tell what she can imagine the peope doing 100's of years ago in the places where she is standing. The book is very interesting and could spark the interest of children. It can be tied into a history lesson on the Pueblos as well as engage students in talking about experiences they have had themselves seeing any historical landmarks. The illustrations in the book are beautiful watercolor paintings. They use beatiful earth tones to depict the landscape and the Pueblo people. The faces of the people are left blurry as to leave it up to the reader to imagine what the Pueblo people looked like. This goes along with the story because the girl is only imagining what happend hundreds of years ago, she too would have to imagine what the people looked like. Overall this is a great read, and I would willingly reccommend it to others.

  • Cordellya Smith
    2019-03-08 03:40

    This is an excellent book about a day trip to Mesa Verde and the images and thoughts it inspires about the peoples that once lived there. The writing and the illustrations are both excellent. This book should be required reading for all elementary school children.

  • Macy Tone
    2019-03-19 03:28

    "Dreamplace" by Geroge Ella Lyon is a wonderful book about a little girl who goes and visits Mesa Verde,Colorodo. She is overwhelmed and thrilled with all of the history of the Anasazi tribe. She sees the stuggles they had to go through in order to survive. She relates the city the Pueblo people built under a cliff to a dream or sandcastle. I love how this story is written because when she goes into the city the whole story becomes a dream or flashback. The illustrator does a great job defining what she sees in this dream as well as the history. The pictures are very surreal like and accurately compare to the title of the book. The whole story feels like you are in this dream until you see her climb back up to reality. I think this book would be a great book to incoortate with a history lesson on ancient tribes and the lives they had to live. We could compare and contrast their lives with our lives and see how different they are and how blessed we are. I think this book would be appropriate for grades 3-5.

  • Rachel Pence
    2019-03-18 03:23

    I really enjoyed reading the book "Dreamplace" by Ella Lyon. The front cover as well as the beginning pages before the story starts, start to tell apart of the story by looking at the images. The story is about a young girl that visit the pueblos where the Anasazi lived alongside of a cliff long ago. It flashes back from present day to when the Anasazi's lived to show you what it looked like if you lived in that time period. I would recommend that older children read this book or to read this book with an adult. The picture show some nudity and some of the language may be hard to understand. I think this is a great book to use for a history lesson because the pictures are nicely pared with the text and helps the flow of the story. Looking at the pictures throughout the story I get a feel of a dreamlike photo because the pictures have a blurred effect to them. I feel that the passion and the emotion of telling this story was brought across very powerfully and was able to get the point across.

  • Isabel
    2019-03-26 02:23

    This was a melancholy book. It is written in a poetic format. I guess the author was going for "dreamy." The pictures are good, a little blurry which enhances the dream-like, memory quality of the story. It did a great job of capturing that sad, empty feeling one gets when looking at the relics of an extinct culture. My main problem with it is probably the whole reason it was written, but I found it to be Just Too Sad. Too hollow and discouraging.That being said, it had some great factual information which was introduced at a child's level and the illustrations were great for creating a sense of the daily life of the Pueblo. I gave it two stars because it just left me feeling kinda blue. I'll bump it to three because I think that may have been the author's intent. It's hard to click "I like it" when it made me feel so sad, without feeling like an emotional massochist, but, there it is.

  • Katelan Mccullum
    2019-03-01 03:50

    This is a beautifully written, inspiring book. First of all, the illustrations look like watercolor paintings. It is the perfect book to introduce in a social studies class when covering the topic of culture. I love how the pictures lend the story alone without help from the actual text. It's the compelling story of how ones before us and specifically Native Americans in this book lived and experienced a completely different world from what we know. The history of culture is so rich and this book does an excellent job at portraying the importance of heritage. The illustrations are beyond idealic and almost mesmerize the reader. It is important to be reminded what times were like befoe us and to be grateful for the ones who led us here today. Overall, I loved learning about the Pueblo culture from this book. It's a great book for multicultural literature!

  • Chantee Jordan
    2019-02-26 07:50

    At first, judging the book by its cover, I did not think I would be interested in this book, but the pictures are simply amazing. Each page containing fragments of sentences from the previous, I felt I was not a tourist but in a movie rather. The illustrations really bring this story to life. The initial pictures of the Pueblo pictures are like those of ghosts and as their story deepens so do their illustrations. The reader is guided through the rise and fall of the cliff community; there is a sense of awe on every page. The author sets the tone of the story with the fragmented sentences which are ingenious. The story is intended for older readers as the pictures depict women topless for a more realistic historic feel. This is also executed very well and I believe this would be a great book to have in the classroom for older readers.

  • Hannah Rich
    2019-02-27 05:23

    WOW! The illustrations painted by Peter Catalanotto are absolutely stunning! After reading Dreamplace I feel like I actually toured the city where the Pueblo people lived. I loved how Catalanotto was able to paint the past and present into one picture. He illustrated individuals touring the canyon where these people lived, while also showing small details of how the Pueblo people lived, all in one picture. It was fabulous! This book could be used for more advanced readers because some of the diction is more elite, but I also think this book would work well in a social studies classroom when the students are learning about different cultures, or the different food people ate, like the Pueblo people for example! I found this book so interesting!

  • Rachael Vanderhoof
    2019-03-23 07:47

    Dreamplace is told from the viewpoint of a young girl who visits Mesa Verde, Colorado. She is overwhelmed by the history and culture that encompasses this special place. She takes time to reflect back to the Indians who had once resided there. The illustrations in this book are beautiful. They are soft and dreamy. This is fitting for the story, due to the fact that the young girl feels as if she has stepped into a dream world. The people depicted in the illustrations are fuzzy, and even sometimes faceless. This is a creative way to represent how memories and the past become fuzzy with time. I would recommend this book for grades 1-3. Teacher's could use Dreamplace during a history or social studies lesson.

  • Meghan Erena
    2019-03-08 06:22

    Although this book has great factual information that could be useful to incorporate in a lesson plan about Native American culture, it evokes a melancholy mood that would not entice children to keep reading. The illustrations really help get the "dreamy" feel of the story across, as they are not clear images. This story is a great story of a past civilization told in a somewhat poetic style, but ends with a feeling of hopelessness. For this reason I did not enjoy this as a storybook for pleasure, but more for the information it provides.

  • Lacey Pyle
    2019-02-24 03:31

    "Dreamplace" written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Peter Catalanotto is a story about a young girl visiting Peblo remains in Mesa Verde, Colorado. The story is told through the young girls eye's. She is completely amazed and awed by the sites she sees while touring the Peblo community. The story is beautifully written with a poetic sense. It would be great to use to teach about history and Native American people. Peter Catalanotto did an amazing job painting the past with the present to show how times were versus how they were now. The paintings are bright and dreamy.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-08 05:51

    The book Dreamplace by George Ella Lyon is a story about the Anasazi Native American tribe. It is told through the eyes of a young visitor who is going to Mesa Verde, Colorado to visit this place for the first time. She takes you through the everyday lives of the people in the tribe and gives us insight as to why these people left. The images in this book, done by Peter Catalanotto, are very beautiful. They are watercolor images that have a very realistic tone. This would be a good story to read aloud to a class of students if you were learning about Native American tribes.

  • Taylor Railey
    2019-03-26 04:38

    This book has some great facts and could be great for learning about different cultures. The story is about a girl who visits a town made by the Pueblo people. I did not enjoy the illustrations all that much. The girl makes the place seem so amazing and beautiful and I don't really get a feel for that through the illustrations. I would have enjoyed to see the pictures to be more clear rather then painted with water colors which makes it blurry.

  • Holly
    2019-03-10 02:34

    Dreamplacewould be a good story to read for students about diversity. It shows a different life and different culture. The mood of the book is somber and dreamlike. The illustrations add to the mood. They aren't crisp, but foggy.

  • Jamie Tedesco
    2019-02-23 01:50

    This story spoken from the present to the past discussing the towers and courtyards built by the pueblos. The illustrations were great at giving expression and showing you the journey of one who "moves back in time" thorough the experiences of creating architecture.

  • Carolynne
    2019-03-06 03:28

    A Young visitor to Mesa Verde National Park imagines what life was like for the Anasazi Indians who lived there many years ago. The text by George Ella Lyon is spare and simple; the water colors by Peter Catanalotto illustrate the text elegantly.

  • Tommy Payne
    2019-02-27 01:41