Cousins of Clouds

Cousins of Clouds
Tracie's NEW BOOK!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dream Hop

Dream Hop
by Julia Durango
Illustrated by Jared Lee

Have you ever had a bad dream? What was it about? Why do you think people have nightmares?

Questions to think about:

  1. What is a dream hop?
  2. Which of the settings was the scariest to you? Why?
  3. Do you think you could teach yourself to Dream Hop?
  4. Why do you think the author chose to tell this story in rhyme?
  5. Which illustration is your favorite? Why?
  6. List the troubles that the dreamer runs into in the story.
  7. Describe what happens at the end of the story.
  8. Find a detail you didn’t notice the first time you read the story. What was it?
  9. What are you afraid of? What do you think the character is most afraid of?
  10. What do you do to get ready for bed? Is there any way to avoid a bad dream? What?

Across the Curriculum:

Language Arts:
Create a (Not)WANTED poster with a picture of the things that scare you in your own dreams. Beneath the picture describe the monster or person and where they were last located.

In pairs, choose a page from Dream Hop and then graph the number of shapes on any page.

Create a 3D scene using a show box and any other materials you like to create a scene that you can dream hop into if you have a nightmare. Use as many details as possible, and be sure to use lots of color. Then, practice imagining your scene before you fall asleep!


Sing this song to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”

If you’re having a nightmare yell
Dream Hop!

If you’re having a nightmare yell
Dream Hop!

If an octopus has got you
or a knight wants to chop ‘ya
If you’re having a nightmare yell