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A Cloak For The Dreamer

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Once there was a tailor who had three fine sons. Whenever his older sons Ivan and Alex weren't working, they practiced measuring, cutting, and sewing. But Misha, the youngest, spent every moment poring over maps of the world and dreaming of traveling far and wide.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 1994)
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Sep 20, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
The town tailor had three sons, Ivan the oldest wanted to be a tailor just like his father and work side by side with him. Alex the middle son wanted to work as a tailor with his father also. The youngest, Misha was different, he spent his day looking over maps and dreaming of far away places and lands that he would like to go see. One day, the tailor had an order so big he did not think he could fill it alone so he told each of his three sons to make a cloak for the Archduke and to show their w ...more
Jul 08, 2010 Robert rated it liked it
Recommended to Robert by: Arlene Stampa
I like this book although it is not stellar. The illustrations by Kim Howard really place the reader into the mode of this story.

Three brothers of a tailor are asked to help out. The two older brothers, who want to be tailors like their father, get to work and make a cloak as they are requested to do. The youngest son has no desire to be a tailor; he wishes to travel the world. The cloak he makes uses circles instead of squares and triangles as his brothers had used. Circles do not connect and l
Oct 06, 2008 JoAnna rated it really liked it
This story is beautifully written. It is about a father who is a tailor and wants his three sons to learn how to make cloaks. Ivan and Alex want to be tailors like their father, while the other brother, Misha, wishes he could travel the world. Their father gives them a task to make a cloak. Ivan and Misha make theirs of rectangles, squares, and triangles. They do this knowing that geometrical shapes must have angles to fit together. However, Misha tries to make one out of circles. When his fathe ...more
Madison Bopp
Jul 19, 2012 Madison Bopp rated it really liked it
We will read the story to discuss geometric shapes. We will discuss as a group why some figures, such as the circles in the story, cannot be sewn together to produce a cloak without there being gaps and spaces between the circles. I will then put different shapes on the projector and asks students what shapes can be put together without gaps or spaces. After students have understood this concept, they will then make their own quilts out of different shapes that I will cut out and put at their ta ...more
Sung Baick
Feb 03, 2011 Sung Baick rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. It's about a tailor and his three sons who cut up different shapes to make cloaks. It's a beautifully woven story that includes aspects about family, dreams, hard work and diligence. At the end of the book, there are some ways to integrate the shapes and patterns the sons used to mathematics. This story could be tied in with a fractions or patterns lesson or it could be just a great read aloud. I would suggest using this book as a read-aloud for almost any elementary ...more
Ashley P.
Jul 07, 2012 Ashley P. rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvelous-math
This book is secretly all about geometry. To extend children's thinkng (in a mathematical direction) after reading, I think it would be great to provide them with paper, scissors, and glue, and have them choose at least two shapes from the book (square, rectangle, triangle, or hexagon)and have them create their own tapestry by fitting the shapes together. This activity is not full of formulas, but is more one of discovery and becoming familiar with the characteristics and relationships of geomet ...more
Kate Werner
Jun 25, 2014 Kate Werner rated it liked it
This book about a tailor and his sons makes a lighthearted story out of (sometimes mundane) geometry concepts. Each son is put to the test of making a cloak, just as their father does. Each son decides he will make his cloak out of certain shapes of fabric. Ivan chooses triangles, Alex chooses rectangles, and Misha goes with circles. Throughout the process, the reader learns that in order to fit shapes together they must have a straight edge.

This book is better than most math books, but by no m
Amina Mohamed
Aug 30, 2014 Amina Mohamed rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is about a tailor who has three sons. Two of his sons want to be a tailor, like their father, whereas the third son wants to be a world traveler. The book shows us the importance of hard work and perseverance in wanting to achieve one's dreams. As a prospective teacher, I really loved how the book incorporated maths, particularly geometry. This was done through the different patterns found in the cloaks sewed by the tailor.
Feb 25, 2013 Mimi added it
Shelves: math-methods
This book is all about geometry, but it isn't as pronounced as other titles. The underlying math message is about shapes and patterns. This book would be good for introducing shape names and discussing various patterns. The boo would be suitable for 2 graders and up but it wouldn't hurt for the lower grades to expose students to the basic ideas.
Chelsea Bucci
Apr 17, 2012 Chelsea Bucci rated it liked it
Shelves: math-geometry
This is a great book to use during a geometry lesson or a lesson on measurement. It talks about make a cloak out of rectangles, which involves measuring fabric and knowing your shapes. It also shows pictures of how students can piece together different shapes to make other shapes. This book is on a 2-3rd grade reading level.
This book is good for a variety of things. Not only is it good for academics, but it also lends itself for life skills. It can be used for lessons on patterns, fractions, team work, shapes, hard work, measurement, and family.
Melinda Garman
Apr 18, 2012 Melinda Garman rated it really liked it
Shelves: math, context-clues
Recommended for 1st through 3rd grade. Use along with a geometry lesson on shapes. Can also be used for measurements. Have students create their own cloaks with different shapes and have them experiment turning shapes into other shapes.
Lyndsey Hurm
Dec 02, 2012 Lyndsey Hurm rated it it was amazing
This book is great for teaching students geometry! It talks about shapes and patterns and tapestry. I would read this book to the class and then have them make their own shapes out of art supplies and then fit them together to make their own pattern and we would make a class quilt together! :)
Rocheal Hoffman
Apr 12, 2013 Rocheal Hoffman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3601, math
This is a great book for the introduction of a hands-on geometry unit. The tailor in the book runs into a problem when he tries only circles to make a cloak. Kids could choose shapes from the book to make something of their own.
Rhonda Whittington
Read to the part where it shows Misha's cloak made with circles. What is the problem? What should Misha do to solve the problem? (Discuss) Students write a letter to Misha telling him how to solve his problem. Include an illustration. Net day read their letters and finish the book.
Jul 06, 2012 Audrey rated it liked it
A Cloak for the Dreamer is a good book to work with young students on Geometry and how shapes fit together. Giving Kindergarteners their own shape blocks to put together in the same way the sons did would help with their visualization of how shapes work together to make other shapes.
Jan 18, 2017 Samra rated it it was amazing
a sneaky way to learn some math. creative tale
Amanda Stacy
Apr 10, 2012 Amanda Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, math
Great book for grades 1st through 3rd to teach or review different shapes. The book provides real life examples of rectangles, triangles, etc. great story line too!
Andrew Perry
This book is a great example of measurement being used in everyday life. Students can see the importance of measuring because clothes won't fit right if they aren't measured properly!
May 03, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
What a great book to teach tesselations and have a heart warming story.
A book about a man and his three sons who use shapes to design their cloaks .
This book would be great for teaching shapes to the younger grades. The book also has a great story, so it will help to keep students engaged and interested.
Mar 07, 2010 Sandra rated it liked it
This book is a delightful way to teach geometric shapes.
Kimberly Entrekin
Nov 15, 2011 Kimberly Entrekin rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-lessons
Creative way to teach geometric shapes.
Kalisha Mohammed
Jul 02, 2012 Kalisha Mohammed rated it it was amazing
I would use this book as part of a geometry lesson. After reading this book aloud to my students, I would have my students use a variety of shapes to make their own cloaks.
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