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The book has a great message – that it’s great to be an individual and to have spectacular dreams– wrapped in a quirky, colorful story. Pinkwater’s illustrations are simple, yet highly imaginative. He used markers to create the illustrations, which creates a very color-saturated atmosphere. The text is straightforward and clear. The sentences are short with many repeating words, making this a great book for an early reader.
After you read the book, have kids draw their dream as a house and have them write a sentence or two on their choice. There are several wordless pages that show some of the new and improved houses. Ask the kids what they look like and what kind of dreams or hobbies the person living in it might have.
Use this story as part of an Orange Day storytime. Ask everyone to wear orange and slice up oranges for a healthy snack. Also check out my post on Red is Best for more ideas for color themed storytimes.