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Dream Weaver

London, Jonathan (Author)
Baviera, Rocco (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1998. 32 pages
First published: 1998
ISBN: 9780773730618 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

figurative language, point of view, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In this story about empathy and discovering a fresh point of view, readers are offered a close-up encounter with a tiny yellow spider in her forest habitat.

Expressive language is imbued with a sense of immediacy through the uncommon device of putting the story in second person singular: “. . . Yellow Spider’s web shimmers, like a wind across a pond. But she hangs on and you stay with her.”

Illustrations with an oil pastel effect are soft-edged and saturated with colour, seeming to emit their own light. Most pictures fill the space in a full-page bleed; the few spot illustrations shine like little jewels. One image shows a big-eyed child looming over the bright spider and her glistening web. Then the focus closes in: “Yellow Spider’s world is yours . . . .”

When a hiker stomps unheedingly through the web, young readers will relate to the sense of crisis—and relief—when the spider is found again and put back on her ravaged web. From tiny creatures to people to the stars, we are all part of a complex web.

Back material offers fascinating spider facts for budding scientists.

  •  

    Discuss the language in the poem. How did the poet help the reader visualize the spider and her world? What type of words and pictures did he use?

  •  

    Create a list of the words (adjectives) that describe the spider and her surroundings.

  •  Write a poem using some of the adjectives identified on the class list.
  •  Read and discuss the information about the spider on the last page.
  •  

    Write the story from the point of view of the spider.

  •  Create a list of words related to spiders/arachnids and insects.
  •  

    Create a list of the words (adjectives) that describe the spider and her surroundings.

  •  

    Collect insect and spider pictures. Using words from the poem, describe these specific bugs. Post them together in a class entomology corner.

  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology