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پرنیان و پسرک

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Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old woman’s home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds. Littlest One pieces these bits together and presents them to her sleeping human in the form of pleasant dreams. But ...more
162 pages
Published 2007 by نشر افق (first published January 1st 2006)
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Amanda Cook
Aug 07, 2007 Amanda Cook rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, people who appreciate fantasy
This novel was a great departure from the trilogy of Lowry books I had just finished reading (The giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger). It's a fast read, since it's written for preteens/teenagers, but I think adults could appreciate the story and Lowry's writing style, as well. The book tries to answer questions about dreams and their origins and plays with a great narrative style by switching between reality and imagination. The story centers around both the real world of an old woman trying to he ...more
Maury
First of all, I really love Lois Lowry. That being said, I loved this as much or maybe even more than The Giver, her most famous book. This is the story of little mythic creatures that give us our dreams. I loved the idea of how and why we have dreams and nightmares, and fell in love with the characters in the story. I also loved that she didn't tie up the whole thing with a nice neat bow. . . the ending was satisfying, but like life, unfinished.
Caroline Alicia
Okay,

This one was truly a child's book. The print was GINORMOUS (aka gigantically enormous. hugantic? hah) boldface and the book was only 144 pages but I struggled to finish this book. Boring as crap. I have an issue swallowing words like 'flutter' and 'shimmer' and 'twirling'when they are being used repeatedly ...oh and the ridiculous names (oldest one, littlest one, fastidous)...

Back to the book review. There are these little fairy like creatures (forgot what they are called) that come into yo
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Kirsten
Littlest One and her teacher, Thin Elderly, are tiny creatures whose job it is to touch beloved objects and then piece the bits of memory and emotion therein into dreams for humans. It is a wonderful vocation, but not without its dangers: there are also the Sinisteeds, terrible creatures that plague people with nightmares. Perhaps most frightening of all, dream-givers like Littlest One and Thin Elderly can become Sinisteeds if they don't do their work carefully.

Littlest One and Thin Elderly are
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Rebecca
May 03, 2007 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a quiet, poetic book
Susan and Lisa were right! I loved this book. It is a very quiet, whimsical story, but it still packs a punch. Lois Lowry is not famous for nothing. I was intrigued by how much I felt for the main characters, the dream-givers, without ever knowing what they truly looked like. This book has made me think differently about dreams, nightmares, memories, and people's ability to change. And the importance of pets, souvenirs, and talismans (talismen?).
Chris
Interesting book. My wife loved it - said it was one of her favorites. I am a little less enthusiastic about it. Still, it's a good story with a neat premise (there are imaginary beings that grant people dreams and others than give nightmares and sleeping humans are the proxy for their war). Worth reading if you like any other Lois Lowry book. She's consistently inventive.
Harold Ogle
This is an entertaining little book about fairy-like creatures who are responsible for human dreaming, and their rivalry with the Sinisteeds who inflict nightmares on humans. It's also about a broken home with a neglectful mother, an abusive father, and a broken young boy, as well as how love can go a fair way to healing the wounds of parental abuse and neglect.

Lowry uses the device of "benevolent aliens trying to understand humans" with the 'dream-givers' to explain quite a lot of the action in
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Shaylece
Aug 12, 2007 Shaylece rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dreamers
What is beyond the world of sleep? Where do our dreams come from? Lois Lowry uses her exquisite imagination to explain one of the most interesting parts of life, and makes it even more mysterious. People of all ages will find this an interesting way to explain dreams. Also, the way the story is worked and connected is wonderful and exciting. This is a good and uplifting story of a not so good start of a life for a child.
Stephanie
Wonderfull! A little book, simple, but packs a punch. Why can't Lois Lowry's books be just a little longer?
Barb Middleton
Not your typical tale. Of course, Lois Lowry and the word, typical, don't go hand-in-hand. Original... Great writer... Risk-taker... Those are words I associate with her. Pick your superlative. But typical? No way. This tale has more echoes of surrealism than realism with surprising juxtapositions of dreams and reality.

Littlest is being trained by Fastidious to bestow dreams on humans, and yes, the latter is hard-to-please. Littlest asks too many questions, plays, and is off-task when the two
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Angela
I did not like this book as much as "The Giver." I think Lowry had a pretty creative idea when she envisioned creatures that give dreams, but the story did not interest me that much. I found myself more interested in the "guardians of the dreams" than the actual humans, and even then I found the names of the guardians somewhat silly and the whole process of touching fragments to give the humans something to dream about ridiculous. My dreams generally have nothing to do with anything lying around ...more
Shea
I highly recommend this book to young and old alike. It is a delightful and insightful children's book that will leave you with a feeling of gossamer which is hard to explain...you just have to read it. Though a fantastical perspective on dreaming, it has enough real elements to capture the fascination of multiple kinds of readers.
Michelle BF
This book brings a lot of depth to those little girls who do believe in fairies by giving them a purpose in bringing dreams to people and fighting the dark forces that bring nightmares. Inspiring with a touch of magic that left some up to the imagination (isn't it nice when everything isn't spelled out for you)...

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Rebekah Choat
Where do dreams come from? Why does a single dream sometimes contain snippets of memories from widely separated events in our life? And what about nightmares – do they develop the same way, or does the source of their malevolence lie elsewhere?

In this fanciful little book, Lois Lowry offers us an imaginative glimpse into the place where dreams are made. Gossamer is the account of the dream-givers assigned to a young boy and his mother and the older lady who is helping them through a difficult ti
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Charity
I read this book a week ago and I have been pondering it almost every day since then. It is a very quick read and an uplifting story. Thank you, Anut Jeanie, for recommending it.:)

I finished this book in the middle of the night (when else do I read, really?) and I felt awash with gratitude for my family and life. I'm glad I took the time to read. This is another story that will stick with me and inform the way I look at the world. I hope that it will keep my perspective kind.

I don't know how Ms.
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Josephine
This weekend I had a lot of mundane chores to take care of, so for a treat, I downloaded the audiobook of Lois Lowry's new(ish) book, Gossamer. For almost a year now, every time I've gone to the library, I've looked for Gossamer. Every single time, it's been checked out. This is a good thing.

Fuse #8 wrote about Gossamer when it first came out, and she had this to say about Ms. Lowry (to which I'd like to add an emphatic my feelings exactly):
"Lois Lowry is my comfort blanket. When you pick up a L
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Dawn
The dream-givers creep around a dark house in the middle of the night. They are compassionate beings who visit humans at night. They touch objects, gather memories, and return them in the form of happy dreams to those that live in the house they are assigned to. The Sinisteeds,inflict nightmares and sometimes travel in frightening Hordes. Littlest and Thin Elderly care for a lonely old woman and a foster child named John. John has endured an abusive father who forces him to eat dog food after at ...more
Megan
Mar 08, 2008 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3rd-6th graders
I listened to this one on CD, and the performed did a great job. It would be good for younger readers.

This book is a fictional story about dreams and nightmares. It follows a young gossamer and her teacher as they give pleasant dreams to an older woman and a young boy named John who is staying in her home as a foster child. Although the story is told mainly through the eyes of the young gossamer, the reader is able to follow the struggles and success of all of the characters. It is a great mot
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Tapestrymlp
Littlest One is the newest Dream Giver in her heap. Playfull, laughing, and barely visible she lightly touches the handful of things in a little boy's room, crafting dreams to send him each night.

Gossamer is a beautiful story filled with wonder, hope and love. Lowry has done a brilliant job with her writing and every part of the story is perfect and well crafted. This is a fun and quick read that is somehow as dreamy and intangible as the title. It left me smiling and glad to have read it. A pe
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Kimberli
Nov 12, 2007 Kimberli rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th graders
In Gossamer by Lois Lowry, Littlest One creeps in the middle of the night practicing dream-giving on an elderly woman and her sleeping dog. Toby is training to be a dream-giver, which is someone who gathers shreds of memories and gives them back as dreams. Then the elderly woman takes in a foster child who is an eight-year old boy named John. Littlest One now has to take on a great challenge, she must try to help John with his bad dreams. This book is an interesting fantasy that offers a clever ...more
DC
I expected a good read... And this did not disappoint.

I've read the first few pages, and I dare say that the fresh experience and plot devices are really pulling me in. Can't wait to get through the entire book.

[I've read and adored [book:Gathering Blue|12936], as well as The Giver (and I've been pining over Messenger, lol). Once I saw this book on sale, I knew I just had to get it!]
Jen Andrews
Really loved this book. It made me cry. Short and sweet and very meaningful. A heartwarming book.
Wendy
This was the first of Lowry's books that I have ever read and I fully intend to read more.

This is the story of a young dream-giver who is learning how to give dreams. She is assigned to a home of an elderly woman. As the story goes we see things from both the prespective of the little dreamgiver and that of the humans who she is assigned to give dreams to. When a troubled young boy comes to stay at the home of the woman, we learn about where nightmares come from and the little dreamgivers desire
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Gianina
I figured that since I was on a Lois Lowry reading kick, reading the Giver Series, that I should fit this book in. I am pregnant and have been having a ton of dreams and even some nightmares so this book was particularly compelling to me at this time. I thought it was a sweet book. It was a touching story of compassion and I loved how the dreams linked together the boy, his mother and the old woman. The meaning and origin of dreams has long been a topic of discussion and I really liked how Lowry ...more
Nicole Javvaji
I was enchanted by the idea of fairies visiting homes at night, touching everything in my home to absorb memories then impart them into my subconscious for pleasant dreaming. The idea of a seemingly insignificant button on a sweater holding memories of picnics and first dates is so powerful and pretty. The main character is a fairy called Littlest One, and she is assigned to bring out the positive in the life of a young and troubled boy. This book led me to wonder how powerful dreams and nightma ...more
Ceej
Where do dreams come from? In the delicately created world of Lois Lowry's Gossamer, tiny, ghost-like creatures called dream-givers collect memories from our possessions and bestow them to us in our sleep. One certain dream-giver, a curious girl called Littlest One, is different from the rest. While they go about their daily work, she plays in the moonlight and wonders about their existence. But dangerous things are coming to the house where the little boy slumbers. Nightmarish creatures with ey ...more
Lorraine Montgomery
Age 8-16 Fantasy

Have you ever stroked an object lovingly, remembering something precious about it? felt the sensation of it, a warmth slowly spreading throughout your being? a delicate seashell? a faded photograph? an old quilt?

From the vivid imagination of Lois Lowry comes the idea that tiny creatures, with a touch like gossamer wings, come into our lives and gather our special memories from such things, and “bestow” them on us as dreams -- delicate gifts that strengthen us to face loneliness,
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Kim Zarins
Very sweet story, and much younger feeling than the incredible and moving GIVER. The story is very quiet, and most of the characters are adults, but I think children who like faeries and magical creatures like that will hang on because of the world building aspect. Readers are fed little bits of dream lore, given to us in lessons taken by the young protagonist, and then in time readers will care about saving the hurt little boy who shows up midway through the book.

The boy plot reminded me just a
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Kkop12
So this book was simple, but an absolute favorite!!! I love Lois Lowry, but this book is probably one of my favorites from her collection. I loved all the characters and felt they were all very human. They could live in my community. The ending was perfect. There were still questions to be answered regarding what would happen to each character, but that is life! Because of some of the recalled violence I am probably going to wait another year or two, but I can't wait for my oldest to read this!! ...more
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
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“And you know what, Thin Elderly? Sad parts are important. If I ever get to train a new young dreamgiver, that's one of the things I'll teach: that you must include the sad parts, because they are part of the story, and they have to be part of the dreams.” 7 likes
“Why do some of us turn menacing?' she whispered.” 5 likes
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