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The Dream Jar (SIGNED 1st Edition)

Pryor, Bonnie,

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ISBN 10: 0688130615 / ISBN 13: 9780688130619
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Crisp beautiful book with laminated boards which replicate the dustjacket images. No bumps to boards and no tears or chips to dustjacket which will arrive brand new mylar. The book was SIGNED by the author with inscription. It reads as thus: " To Kyla, May your dreams come true. Love, Bonnie Pryor, Nov. 2, 1996." Pryor is a long-time children's book author and beloved by fans. This story is about a Russian immigrant family which wish to open a store. They start a "dream jar, but the money grows less and less. But then comes an ending which shows how a young school girl's plan can change everything. Book measures 8-3/4" x 11-1/4" and has not been paginated. The art is beautiful throughout, rendered by Mark Graham in full color. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 28233

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Title: The Dream Jar (SIGNED 1st Edition)

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Valentina's family has come from Russia with a wonderful dream--to own a store. Valentina wants to help, but everyone says she's too little to contribute to the glass jar where the dream money is kept. The family becomes discouraged when little money comes in, but Valentina has discovered how she can help make their dream come true. Full color.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3?In a perfect combination of text and illustration, the story of Valentina and her family, immigrants to the U.S. from Russia at the turn of the century, unfolds in an absorbing, satisfying way. Papa, who sang and laughed when he sold vegetables in Russia, is exhausted and quiet after his days of bricklaying. Mama and Aunt Katherine sew piecework for hours. Michael drops out of school to work for a baker. All their earnings go into the dream jar to finance a store of their own. Valentina is crushed because she is too little to do anything but go to school and help care for her younger siblings. Her scholastic proficiency, however, soon has her teaching her father, brother, and neighbors how to read and speak English. The writing style is simple but vivid and expressive, with convincing dialogue and a good flow and rhythm for reading aloud. The plot is familiar, and of course there is a happy ending, but it comes from hard work and sacrifice. Education and family life are valued, and love shines through the entire narrative. Graham's muted oil paintings have a diffused softness, a luminescence, and express the dream-filled reality of the theme. Full- and double-page spreads and vignettes give an attractive variety to the format. Every character has a definite personality, and Valentina is a winsome child whose eyes shine with spirit and energy.?Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Garrison House Books has maintained an on-line presence since 1997. We are a general interest used, rare, and out-of-print bookstore based in the quaint Victorian town of Medina, Ohio. American history, children's books and ephemera (the history of the people) intrigue us most, but we buy and maintain books in all categories. We are Tess and Eric Kindig, married forever, and passionate about books, bookselling and readers. Tess has been a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, and public relations director, and is still a working author with 13 published books to her credit. Eric owns Log Cabin Inc. in Lodi, Ohio, an 8,000-plus square foot retail establishment specializing in historical books and reenactment accoutrements. In addition to his remarkable ability to schlep large piles of books from hither to yon, Eric brings over 30 years of retail experience to this endeavor! Also, joining our staff are our beloved bookshop kitties -- Miss Lil and Mickey. The former provides gentility and elan, and the latter (who is basically a street thug) provides comic relief. We believe that books are treasures, not commodities, and that readers are individuals, not numbers. Our greatest joy is in getting to know you and serving you with grace and good humor. We appreciate your business very much!

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