Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine

Book - 1976
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The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding—remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.

The only god living in Green Town, Illinois, that Douglas Spaulding knew of.

The facts about John Huff, aged twelve, are simple and soon stated.

• He could pathfind more trails than any Choctaw or Cherokee since time began.
• Could leap from the sky like a chimpanzee from a vine.
• Could live underwater two minutes and slide fifty yards downstream.
• Could hit baseballs into apple trees, knocking down harvests.
• Could jump six-foot orchard walls.
• Ran laughing.
• Sat easy.
• Was not a bully.
• Was kind.
• Knew the words to all the cowboy songs and would teach you if you asked.
• Knew the names of all the wild flowers and when the moon would rise or set and when the tides came in or out.

He was, in fact, the only god living in the whole of Green Town, Illinois, during the twentieth century that Douglas Spaulding knew of.

“[Ray] Bradbury is an authentic original.”—Time

Baker & Taylor
In the unusual world of Green Town, Illinois, a twelve-year-old discovers the wonders of reality and the power of imagination during the summer of 1928

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1976
Copyright Date: ©1957
ISBN: 9780553277531
Branch Call Number: FIC Bradbury, R 1976
Characteristics: xiii, 239 pages ; 18 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.0 10.0 528


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AnnabelleLee27 Nov 07, 2017

A poetic, haunting, strange, lovely little book about youth, summer, happiness, loss, and magic.

Oct 23, 2017

Douglas Spaulding reflects on the summer he was twelve, sharing vignettes of small-town Illinois life. Poetic writing.

Sep 05, 2017

Once I was able to stay awake long enough to read it, I liked this novel a lot. I first read it more than 20 years ago, and enjoyed it more the second time. It has a lot of light, beauty and wisdom to it, as well as some of the dark, strangeness and magic you might expect from Ray Bradbury. Similar to the dandelion wine described in the book, the novel bottles the summer of 1928 as it occurred in one Illinois city. You might also want to try reading it if you have insomnia; Dandelion Wine has the ability to put me to sleep after just one or two pages of nighttime reading.

Aug 24, 2017

I'm in drunken bliss -not by Doug's sensibility though -too high to beat smart ass Tom.

Jan 16, 2017

What an amazingly beautiful book! This has been on my to read list for years and I don't know why I waited this long. Every chapter is a little gem, full of beautiful descriptions of a time past that awakens the senses. Much like a time machine, you soon find yourself transported not just to 1928 but into a boy's life where discovery of simple joys is just a part of what lies ahead. I think this novel is like a bookend to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird as they both perfectly capture a child's introduction to real life by expertly drawing the curtain back to reveal the real world. Neither flinches from the reality of growing up and finding yourself.

CATLIN Mar 28, 2016

I wasnt born THAT long ago (1928), but it does bring back my summer memories from the 1960's! Summer is a magical time when you're a kid. This story just brings back all the wonderfulness of youth! A must read for teens and adults.

Jun 20, 2012

I really liked this book. Just the right mix of nostalgia, small town romance, beginnings, endings, murders, lists, nature, and change. The only constant was the dandelion wine.

soblessed59 May 27, 2012

I don't know if all people think the decades of their childhood and teens were the best ever,but I know I loved mine,and my son born in 1970 thinks his was the best,and this story set in a wonderful summer of 1928 sounds just like mine,even though I am a female baby-boomer!

I too remember the magic of a new pair of sneakers and how they felt like they were made of "marshmallows and coiled springs" and it felt like we could run faster and jumper higher than ever before,until they "died" and the magic was gone by the end of summer.

[I wonder did children of the late 70's and 80's possibly experience that with those 12 lb. clodhopper designer basketball shoes that came out then Nike,ect.]?

How I remember the wonderful summer nights spent on front porches,and the summer break from school almost seemed it would never end.

I can't believe as many years ago that I read 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' and loved it,that I never had read Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine,but as I am 61 now,I believe my enjoyment of it is much greater than it would have been then.

He is an amazing writer that brings a book alive for the reader.Like you smell the odors,feel the breezes,rain,sun,ect. The only reason that I give this 4 stars instead of five,is because I agree with those many who feel that only those advanced readers with good reading comprehension would stick with this book,and discover what a jewel it is,due to the style of descriptive writing. It truly is a "love letter to his childhood"!

I am so very thankful that I experienced reading Dandelion Wine. :D


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Jul 20, 2015

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.

nlobzhanidze Dec 28, 2012

"The first thing you learn in life is you're a fool. The last thing you learn in life is you're the same fool."


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