Ben's Dream
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Ben's Dream

Illustrated By: Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1988 / Hardcover

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Ben's dream began as the steady rhythm of the rain lulled him into drowsiness when he should have been studying for a geography test on great monuments of the world. But just as Ben was dropping off to sleep, a flood of waters shook his house from its very foundation and set it adrift on a round-the-world course, leading Ben past the incredible structures that had merely been pictures on the pages of his book a moment earlier. But as the reader, along with Ben, observes the monuments from this unique perspective, details within Chris Van Allsburg's artwork soon reveal themselves to be clues to another structure of meaning within the story. Which is real and which is an illusion? That is for the clever reader to decipher from this beguiling book be an award-winning author.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1988
ISBN: 0395320844
ISBN-13: 9780395320846
Ages: 5-8

Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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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