Gorp's Dream: A Tale Of Diversity, Tolerance, And Love In Pumpernickel Park

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?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

none


Little Kid 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!).

Big Kid 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.

Type of Book:
This is an allegory about diversity.
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.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
started reading with 4-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title Gorp's Dream: A Tale of Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park
Author Sherri Chessen
Publisher The Gorp Group, LLC © 2003
Illustrators Christy Masel
ISBN 0972424903
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Fantasy, Life Lessons
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