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Book Title: The Dream Coach|
The author of the book: Anne Parrish
Date of issue: 1924
ISBN 13: 9789997488718
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2.5-3.0 stars. This one's a weird one, it's written by and illustrated by two of Maxfield Parrish's cousins, Anne and Dilwyn - and yes, there is an art deco feel to it, both text and pictures. It's weird enough that I wonder if Neil Gaiman encountered it although his mind is strange enough not to need this as inspiration. It begins with a poem (excerpted from the author's "Knee-High to a Grasshopper") about a coach and its driver who carry dreams to children, beautiful dreams to the good and nightmares to the bad, and he's helped by several angels. The poem's followed by four dreams which make up the rest of the book. The first is a series of 7 white dreams given to "the King's Little Daughter" who may be one of the most neglected children in literary history. She's been looking forward to her birthday but isn't included in its celebration; she is fed bread and milk and sent to bed early. The dreams are very sweet and become part of her character. The dream of a young Norwegian boy, Goran, follows and is just on the cusp of being a nightmare. He's 6 and has been left alone so his grandmother can go to market. He's left in charge of the house, a goat, a cat, a chicken, and a clock (to wind). To complicate things it snows and he has fun making a snowman, but then worries grandmother won't make it home. He has his supper accompanied by a playing card, Queen of Hearts. All of these come to life in his dream and he is completely stressed out. This is followed by the dream of the Little Chinese Emperor, the one unrelentingly racist story in the book: descriptions, names, perceived customs, etc. This one is a nightmare brought on when the boy imprisons a little brown bird; he dreams that he in turn is made prisoner by birds. This last dream/nightmare is the longest and is that of a French boy, Philippe, who dreams that his relatives are Grandmother Rain, Grandfather Snow, and Uncle Wind. I read this for my 2017 Reading Challenge and my Newbery Challenge (Honor Book 1925).
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Three-time Newbery Honor winner, Anne Parrish came from a distinguished and artistic Philadelphia family. Her younger brother was author Dillwyn Parrish. Parrish trained at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, although she later chose a career in literature. In 1923 her first romantic novel, Pocketful of Poses, was published simultaneously to her children's book, Knee-High to a Grasshopper, illustrated by her brother Dillwyn. Their collaboration was followed by 'Lustres' (1924). In 1925 'The Perennial Bachelor' was the eighth best-selling book for the entire year according to the New York Times and won the Harper Prize from her publisher. Her 1928 bestseller 'All Kneeling' was made into the 1950 film Born to Be Bad, starring Joan Fontaine and Robert Ryan.
Throughout most of her life, Anne Parrish traveled extensively and on a trip to Switzerland, she and her brother purchased Le Paquis, a cottage in a meadow overlooking Lake Geneva not far from Lausanne, between Vevey and Chexbres.
In 1915, she married industrialist Charles Albert Corliss, residing in New York City. Her husband died in 1936. Two years later, she married poet and novelist Josiah Titzell (aka Frederick Lambeck). They made their home in Redding, Connecticut. After he died in 1943, she continued to live there for the rest of her life.
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