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Sweep Dreams
by Nancy Willard
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

It all starts with a silly looking fellow in a bowler hat ... 'There was once a man who fell in love with a broom.' It's a rather mysterious broom. She looks home-made and really doesn't belong in the store. The man takes her home, and leaves her in a corner where he can admire her, day in and day out.

When the broom droops and sheds bark, the man consults a veterinarian, who tells him that brooms love to sweep and that the poor thing simply needs some exercise. So he sweeps. And when he discovers that his broom is a 'sweepwalker', he dances with her. Soon the word spreads, and the dancing broom entertains the neighborhood ... until she disappears one day.

The man consults a fortune-teller, who reveals to him all the broom's adventures. The man finds her again, but it seems this restless, magical broom has a taste for travel, and so he sets her free. Can you guess where she ends up? Read Nancy Willard's Sweep Dreams to find out, and enjoy Mary GrandPré's slightly spooky, somewhat magical illustrations.

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