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The Children's Bookshelf: The Dream Catcher - July 7, 2024

The Dream Catcher written and illustrated by Marcelo Verdad tells a beautiful story about a little boy named Miguel who lives with his Abuelito.

Each day he and his grandfather go out together: the grandfather sells cold coconuts so that they will have money for food and Miguel sells beautiful cloth dream catchers that he has designed himself so that he will be able to one day buy an airplane for him and his grandfather!

The illustration of Miguel, his Abuelito and others changing the world by filling it with color is full of life and beauty. Some people are selling their gorgeous handmade rugs, others are selling fruit such as bananas, pineapples and tomatoes and yet others are selling colorful clothes and pottery.

As the day ends grandpa and grandson go home. Miguel wonders if they have enough money to buy that airplane he has been saving for. “You can’t rush dreams, Mijo! Everything happens at the right time.”

This book puts forth sweet thoughts, interesting situations and gorgeous illustrations by the very talented Marcelo Verdad.

The Dream Catcher is perfect for children 4-8 years of age (Little, Brown and Company) 2024.

The Children’s Bookshelf is a production of WCMU. Links to the podcast and the Activity Questions can be found at Children’s Bookshelf dot org.

Activity Questions for The Dream Catcher
Study the illustration in this book of an open-air market that goes with the thought that changing the world is possible by filling the world with color. Then find these colorful things in this illustration: red tomatoes, yellow lemons, a brown pitcher with white flowers, a small white and black dog, a large light brown hat, a green rug, a black rug with yellow and pink flowers, a fancy red and white sweater, a black coat hanger and a pink broom.

Have you ever gone to a lively open-air market to buy and sell items? What did you and your family buy?



Sue Ann Martin is professor emerita of Communication and Dramatic Arts and the founding and past Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She first became interested in children’s literature when she wrote her PhD thesis on the oral characteristics of the Caldecott Award-winning children’s books. Her PhD is in Speech and Interpretation with a cognate in Early Childhood Education. She went on to review children’s books for the Detroit Free Press, write three popular resource books for teachers regarding children’s books and the creative process. She also reviewed newly-published books for Arts Almanac specials on WCMU Public Radio. Her 2002 children’s books special for WCMU won a Merit Award in Special Interest Programming from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.