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GORP'S DREAM: A TALE OF DIVERSITY, TOLERANCE, AND LOVE IN PUMPERNICKEL PARK

Author: Sherri Chessen

Illustrator: Christy Masel

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Publisher: The Gorp Group, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Gorp tells us about his bakery-inspired dream. His dream is quite pleasant until Mr. and Mrs. 'Dough bring their sour attitude to Pumpernickel Park. When fire strikes, can the Doughs' sour crust be changed? This is an allegory about diversity.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Age of Child: started reading with 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: "This is a good book. If the Doughs didn't judge everybody, it would be a great book." Clearly, our preschooler caught the message the first time (although s/he seemed to miss the happy ending!).

Adult Reader Reaction: The author's use of baked goods as the characters of Pumpernickel park is most creative. Mix in the rhyme, and it's a lot of fun to read.

Pros: The allegory is easy for kids to understand (who doesn't like a smiling pastry)? The story is inclusive of the reader, with the promise at the end a good way to bring the "dream" to life.

Cons: none

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The story is fun, making it likely to be read LOTS of time … and you can never reinforce the message of tolerance and not judging others too much.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN   THE LITTLE CUPCAKES   MOONBEAR'S FRIEND

Educational Themes: The story allows parents and teachers to reinforce the importance of tolerance. The format could be the start of the kids creating their own town.

Notes: Teachers Guide also provided

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006

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