The dreamer

Il Sung Na

Book - 2018

A young pig admires the birds he sees flying above him, and yearns to copy them--but even when he succeeds he finds that his favorite thing is still watching the birds.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books LLC [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781452156088
1452156085
Main Author
Il Sung Na (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Picture books about land animals who want to fly abound, and they often end in failure. In this story by Na (Bird, Balloon, Bear), a mint-green, bird-admiring pig who wants to fly succeeds, eventually. His first flying machine, a sparsely feathered affair, doesn't work, and his second jettisons him. His friends—a pink elephant, a variety of birds—pore over the pig's plans and offer suggestions. "So he listened./ And modified./ Momentum built." His next attempt, a biplane, soars, and so does the rocket that comes after it. Hot air balloons and personal copters soon float among the city buildings as others join in. The pig has created his own zeitgeist, but he continues to be himself—a pig who admires birds. In Na's visual storytelling, expanses of white space give way to populated spreads as the project progresses, and the interplay of colors (the pig's indigo pants and scarlet shoes against the gentle background) add drama. The analysis of the pig's failures, complete with blackboard calculations, contributes to an atmosphere of cool rationality; success requires quiet judgment and hard work, Na suggests. Young aeronauts—and pigs—take note. Ages 3–5. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3—"When pigs fly" takes on a whole new meaning in this fable about an aquamarine pig who dreams of flying with the birds he so admires. He studies, gathers materials, and tirelessly experiments. After an Isaac Newton—esque moment, he is hopeful; his friends come to help. He takes their advice to heart and finally creates a flying machine right out of Kitty Hawk. Emboldened, he shoots for the moon in a rocket ship. His friends also take flight—a panda in a hot air balloon, an octopus in a flying saucer, a fox with a jetpack. Still, in the end, sometimes it's nice to just admire the birds. Inspired by the author's own trials and errors in creating children's books, this offering is both whimsical and thought-provoking. The digitally composed ink-and—colored pencil illustrations feature pink elephants and green horses often against cream pages. One spread depicts the pig studying a chalkboard covered with diagrams and formulas; the front endpapers are filled with gray birds flying in different poses. On the back endpapers, observant readers will note the little pig amidst the birds, a feather in each hoof. Use in maker units or as an original modern fable. VERDICT A lighthearted story with a worthy message; perfect for storytime or one-on-one sharing.—Barbara Auerbach, Formerly at New York City Public Schools Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Dreaming of joining the birds he admires in the sky, an ambitious pig works hard to develop flight plans and build experimental contraptions that take him on far-flung adventures, before he settles back down to his favorite birdwatching hobby.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A young pig admires the birds he sees flying above him, and yearns to copy them--but even when he succeeds he finds that his favorite thing is still watching the birds.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Even pigs can learn to fly: Once, there was a pig who admired birds. But he could never join them. Or could he? Thus begins the journey of a pig with big dreams, and the perseverance to make them come true. He develops flight plans, builds experimental contraptions, and has far-flung adventures, but at the end of the day, his favorite thing to do is sit and watch for those he loves best: birds. Il Sung Na creates a world at once whimsical and aspirational, where anything is possible and, yes, even pigs can learn to fly.Il Sung Na received Honorable Mention, Best Concept Book for The Opposite Zoo by The Huffington Post and Amazon.com named The Opposite Zoo one of the Best Children's Books of 2016." Teaches young children that anything is possible" Encourages kids to dream big and set goals" Inspires readers with the message that dreams can come trueAnyone who likes Dreamers and Bee a Dreamer will love this heartwarming story." Beautiful gift for children who love animals and picture books" Parents and teachers will love the happy vibe of this book

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Even pigs can learn to fly: Once, there was a pig who admired birds. But he could never join them. Or could he? Thus begins the journey of a pig with big dreams, and the perseverance to make them come true. He develops flight plans, builds experimental contraptions, and has far-flung adventures, but at the end of the day, his favorite thing to do is sit and watch for those he loves best: birds. Il Sung Na creates a world at once whimsical and aspirational, where anything is possible and, yes, even pigs can learn to fly.Il Sung Na received Honorable Mention, Best Concept Book for The Opposite Zoo by The Huffington Post and Amazon.com named The Opposite Zoo one of the Best Children's Books of 2016.• Teaches young children that anything is possible• Encourages kids to dream big and set goals• Inspires readers with the message that dreams can come trueAnyone who likes Dreamers and Bee a Dreamer will love this heartwarming story.• Beautiful gift for children who love animals and picture books• Parents and teachers will love the happy vibe of this book