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Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg

55739Just a Dream
Chris Van Allsburg
1990 Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN – 9780395533086
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
4.5 Stars


Walter is not very environmentally conscious. He throws trash on the ground, doesn’t recycle, and laughs at his neighbor for planting trees. His idea about the future is that it includs tiny airplanes and robots. One night he goes to bed and his dream takes him to many different futures, none of them even close to what he pictured it would be. They includ a world overrun with garbage, one with no trees, a hotel on the top of Mount Everest, and many more disturbing futures. After seeing this he changes his attitude towards the environment!


What a fantastic book, with a very important lesson. The double page pictures are absolutely incredible. They are able to be beautiful, yet terrifying at the same time in their scary depictions of the future. I love the fact that as soon as Walter sees each future, he instantly realizes how horrible it is and in the end realizes that he could play a part in the future and that there is reason to care. My only issue with this book is that although every other page is double page picture, each next page is mostly words, it seems unbalanced to me.


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