In the summer of 1940, a young English boy whose family is separated by the war, has a dream that he saves his father's life.
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Grade 2-4-- A curious fantasy that tells of Randolph, a boy who is evacuated from London to his aunt and uncle's house in a small village during World War II. There he begins to dream of flying; while his relatives are vaguely disapproving, his dreams continue and become increasingly real until one night he flies to the African desert where he finds his soldier father lost and without hope of finding his men. Randolph leads him to the nearby oasis he had seen while flying, thereby saving his life. When Randolph awakens, he still has his father's khaki handkerchief and an orange the other soldiers had given him. The story is not wholly successful. The characters lack any real emotion, while the fantasy is jarring and difficult to believe. Parker's watercolor and line illustrations add to the somewhat austere and remote feeling of the story and its characters, who are drawn in a sketchy, almost tenuous, manner, making them all seem unreal and stiff. However, for those children who can enter this fantasy it may be rewarding, for the theme of a child rescuing a parent is a classic one. The historical setting does not keep it from having relevance to today's children. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Seven-year-old Randolph, a refugee from blitz-torn London, is sent to the countryside to stay with relatives. Homesick for his parents, the boy takes refuge in dreams of flying. His fantasies are remarkably real. In the oddest one of all, he flies across the English channel, the Alps and North Africa, finally landing near a stranded jeep in the desert. There, he finds and rescues his soldier father. The next morning, when Randolph awakens back in England, he finds tangible mementos of his nocturnal trip: sand on his shoes, a khaki handkerchief, an orange from the desert. Mellecker's engrossing, slightly haunting tale is spun seamlessly; nevertheless, it seems a curious choice for picture book format, particularly given its somewhat excessive length. On the other hand, Parker's dreamy pen-and-ink washes greatly enhance both the elusive quality of the story and its WW II setting. Ages 5-8.
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