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The Dream Tree (Serendipity)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  225 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In the dream tree, Patti the caterpillar dreams of one day being a butterfly.
Published March 24th 1978 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1974)
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Angela Oliver
One of the earlier Serendipity books (1974), this one left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied. I understand that it is a children's picture book, aimed at the 3-5 year old market, but how can a caterpillar's mother also be a caterpillar? Also, there was no clear moral message.

(From Wikipedia, this is the moral: Though it is sometimes hard to wait, growing up comes soon enough.)

The illustrations are no less charming, however, with the butterflies appearing very stylised and the colours nice and bri
Sep 23, 2008 Hanim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, young children, anyone!
Recommended to Hanim by: my father
This book in particular has very special meaning to me, and is one of the few books that sparked my interest in reading. My father used to read this book (amongst a few others) every night when I was little, and I in turn read it to my sister and brother as they grew up. Now my husband and I read this to our daughter at least once a week..

This is one of the most magical books EVER. I love this story for so many reasons - mostly to love yourself as you are and that things do change, and usually f
Rose Goodwin
This book is good for teaching about metamorphosis; however, it uses cocoon when it should use chrysalis. Moths come out of cocoons. The author has a wonderful way with words/language.
Jamie Tedesco
A great, vivid story about a caterpillar that is discovering that he will one day be a butterfly. The picture were great at showing depth and point of view.
Sep 09, 2014 Dee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any child.
I never get tired of these books, they are some of the best story time choices for kids of all ages.
Natalie Weber
This was a great story about a the secret of becoming a butterfly. This would work for all grades.
Julia Brumfield
The words were interesting and very descriptive while the illustrations were a bit on an unequal part some of the other of the series.

The main things that threw me on this book was the fact that her mother was a caterpillar while it never said when she would change. And I also didn't like the fact that she said that she would tell all her friends after she became a butterfly what happened after the change but when she did she actually turned away the first caterpillar to ask her. You would th
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I understand this book is supposed to be about "waiting to grow up" but I really felt the book could have ended better.
I also felt that the little caterpillar was completely justified in being upset about the first butterfly not answering her, the butterfly could have said something, anything, instead of ignoring her and flying off! It's very rude to ignore someone who is very clearly speaking to you, even if they are only a "child".
Ashlyn Barker
Story about a caterpillar wondering what being a butterfly feels like. It's very descriptive language and would be good for science lessons.
Book about not spoiling the mysteries of life for someone else. Perfect for older preschoolers or young grades. One of my favorite thing about Cosgrove's books are the illustrations.
great little story that definitely sparks an interest in my little girl's imagination.
Kimberley Mccaw
recommend to any child, one of my very favorite books growing up
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