“Catching Dreams to Be the Dream” by Madeleine Cham

Dream Catcher Story Contest

1st place

(Category 1: grades 3-5)

 

“Catching Dreams to Be the Dream”

by Madeleine Cham

Age 11, Grade 5

 

     Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wished to catch dreams. Every night, she left a glass jar by her bed to catch them. Her dreams sent her soaring into the sky, swirling through the sea, adventure and beauty everywhere. She would meet fairies and make exotic potions, visit elves and slay dragons, explore shipwrecks with mermaids. But she awoke with no memory of the wonderful dream except for the longing urge to be whisked away to a wonderful world of fantasy and fun. She rarely had nightmares, and they always passed quickly.

     One night, the little girl gazed out her bedroom window and sighed. How wonderful it would be if I could catch my dreams, if only for a few minutes! she thought, just as a twinkling star fell from the sky. She gasped in happiness. She had wished upon a falling star, a myth that her mother had told her about! Filled with excitement, she ran to her bed and was soon asleep, convinced the next morning she would awaken and know what her dreams were.

     She awoke sharply at 7:00 am and grabbed the glass jar and twisted it open. She gasped as memories of adventure and fantasy flooded her mind, ideas and magic from her dream life. Struck with inspiration, she grabbed a journal and began to write. Page after page was filled with worlds she had explored while asleep. It amazed her parents and community when she showed them days later. However, the gift didn’t last forever, and her glass jar, the Dream-Catcher, as the little girl called it, stopped working after a few days. But the girl’s life was changed. She devoted her life to writing and inspiring people like her in the same ways her dreams had inspired her.

 


 

View a list of all the winners:  http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2020/dream-catcher-story-contest

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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