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The Weaving of a Dream

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  236 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
A retelling of the Chinese folktale The Chuang Brocade
The Weaving of a Dream is the story of a widow who provides for her sons by creating intricate brocades. One day, she trades a brocade for a beautiful painting of a palace. She then spends years lovingly recreating the scene in brocade only to lose her work on a windy day. After everything she has done for her family,
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Puffin Books (first published 1986)
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Jul 09, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, art
Lovely, richly detailed illustrations are the main attraction of this story. I had never encountered the folktale before, but since it is subtitled "retelling" I assume it is a traditional tale. I'm afraid I didn't care much for it. The old mother's obsession with the palace seemed unhealthy rather than admirable. Liking a painting is one thing, neglecting your work and children for three to weave a copy of it is another. And threatening to die if you don't get your way is not a very responsible ...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I remember being enchanted by this chinese folktale when I was younger largely because of the beautiful illustrations and the end where the weaver girl ,the servant of the East wind weaves herself into the tapestry.

You can read the fairytale here
Julie Decker
Apr 03, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was amazing
In this gorgeously illustrated Chinese fairy tale, an old woman weaves a brocade as her attempt to live inside a beautiful scene, but when her beautiful weaving is stolen, her youngest son is her only hope of recovering her passion and her life.

The story is fantastic, and it's a story that isn't overly familiar to many in the West. When the old woman buys a painting at market ("wasting" her family's money, to the disappointment of her oldest sons), you can feel her yearning and desperation to li
Apr 23, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was amazing
My sisters and I were given this book as children and it was one of our absolute favorites. If I can say this first: THE ILLUSTRATIONS. THEY ARE AMAZING. Every page is filled with lush and gorgeous, brilliant, vibrant illustrations. When people are pictured, you can see their expressions, their layered emotions, their individual strands of hair, the movements they would make if they were set free from the pages. The inanimate objects are rendered so beautifully, so full of detail . . . and it's ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jun 03, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This story that’s based on an ancient Chinese legend is enthralling and the illustrations are lush and gorgeous.

However, I can’t quite give it 5 stars. Re the pictures: Some are somewhat gruesome including one of the first pages with the bat and the old woman’s hand covered in blood that’s from her bleeding eyes. Re the story: I thought it was too harsh toward the two older sons, and I felt impatient with the old woman for coveting the painting/brocade/palace with gardens. I couldn’t feel that
Mary Catelli
a lovely picture book with gorgeous pictures retelling a Chinese fairy tale. One can recognize a few tropes, deep in the skeletonal structure.

A widow is enraptured with a painting of a beautiful house, and at the suggestion of her youngest son (of three), weaves a brocade tapestry of it. Then it is blown away on the wind.

One by one, her sons set out. The first two are told who took it, and how to get it, and falter. The third. . . .

it's a very elegant tale, well-told and well illustrated.
Oct 27, 2016 Emmannuel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stories
I love how this story kinda come off as the story as a "Prodigal Son" turned epic adventure so I loved this story. I remember seeing a picture of the kid on the stone horse going into the lava and keeping his eyes shut and I thought that was so cool.
Jan 01, 2017 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When the beautiful tapestry woven by a poor woman is stolen by fairies, her three sons set out on a magical journey to retrieve it. A retelling of a traditional Chinese tale."

Gorgeous illustrations! I'm still thinking on the story, though... the old woman sacrificed food for her family in order to weave the brocade, and then asks her sons to risk their lives to retrieve it for her. Then the two eldest sons betray their mother for gold, but the youngest son completes the quest, restores his moth
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Melanie
Author/Illustrated by: Marilee Heyer
Genre: Traditional literature
Grade Level: PreK
Equiv: 4.7
Lex: N/A

The lesson this folklore tells is that doing for others before doing for yourself is more rewarding in the end. Leje, the youngest of three sons, is a great supporter of his mother’s dreams even at his own sacrifice. When her brocade goes flying off in the wind, he literally braves fire and ice to retrieve her treasured belonging and bring it back to her. This book may appe
Feb 27, 2016 Keegan rated it really liked it
Another fairy tale recommended by our history book (Story of the World), and another one that is not an over-told fairy tale. It is one that we happened to be familiar with from a version told by the storyteller Heather Forest. (The similarity leads me to believe she probably read this version to tell her version.) Heather Forest's version doesn't have the Asian flavor, but the illustrations in this one are clearly Chinese (which is fitting since it's a Chinese folktale). The illustrations are S ...more
Mar 03, 2011 Mimi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children ages 8-11
Shelves: kids
This was one of my absolute favorites growing up. I've read it countless times and it takes me ages to read it each time because I am so busy staring at all of the amazing details of the illustrations. I think this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. The story is interesting, I'd recommend it more for children ages 8-11 than younger just because some details seem a bit morbid from a modern standpoint.
Dec 12, 2015 Ema rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful Chinese folktale. It illustrates the importance of hard work, perseverance, and not quitting in the face of impossible obstacles. It's a wonderful story to read to children. The illustrations are lovely as well. I've read this book numerous times to my son and he enjoys it every time.
Jan 26, 2017 Judy rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

I didn't care for the first page; neither the art nor the text was engaging. But it was worth persevering. Some of the pictures are beautiful, and the tale was new to me. (I wonder why so many fairy tales cast the youngest child into the role of the 'savior.')
Jan 19, 2017 Shane rated it really liked it
I read this with my 11-year-old son and both of us really enjoyed it. The art is beautiful and the story was very whimsical, with an unrestrained creativity that was inspiring to say the least.

Highly recommended for young readers. It's fantastical without being cutesy or speaking down.
Jan 26, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This book is full of beautiful pictures. It's a classic three sons story, with excellent rhythm and a good story. Moira really likes the fairies.
Jun 16, 2014 Virginia rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. I still remember my Mother reading it to me when I was small. Wonderful story and magnificent illustrations.
Aug 07, 2013 Andee rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. More than 20 years have passed since I received this book as a gift and the images remain indelible.
Sep 03, 2011 Reepacheep rated it really liked it
I read this to my boys tonight and enjoyed both the story and the art work.
Jessica Osterhaus
May 07, 2009 Jessica Osterhaus rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! It is still a classic children's book that I read. The story is great and the illustrations are beautiful!
Jill Evans
May 10, 2015 Jill Evans rated it it was amazing
GORGEOUS illustrations! The pictures really make the book in this case.
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