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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Lowry Narrator: Anne Twomey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780739335277
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Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old woman’s home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds. Littlest One pieces these bits together and presents them to her sleeping human in the form of pleasant dreams. But the dreaded Sinisteeds, dark fearsome creatures that plague their victims with nightmares, are always at work against the dreamgivers. When the old woman takes in John, an angry foster child with a troubled past, the Sinisteeds go after him with their horrifying nightmares. Can Littlest One, and her touch light as gossamer, protect John’s heart and soul from the nightmare of his dark past?

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  • Lowry’s prose is simple and clear. This carefully plotted fantasy has inner logic and conviction. Readers will identify with Littlest, who is discovering her own special talents. . . . A beautiful novel with an intriguing premise. School Library Journal, Starred

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzy3 | 2/19/2014

    " This book is short, I don't know how the author put so much meaning into one tiny book. It was one of the best books I've ever read. It probably took a lot of creativity to write this book. It has such a unusual plot. I would advise this book to any young girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/16/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. A new angle on the power of good and its ability to triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds. I so enjoy a spiritual edge to stories like this! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheri | 2/14/2014

    " I am listening to this one. I can't wait till I am done with it. It is a little slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Bahns | 2/10/2014

    " This book was ok but not the best it had not a lot of details "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erma | 2/7/2014

    " I had high hopes for Lois Lowry's Gossamer, touted to be "a haunting story that tiptoes between reality and imagination." I found it plaintive but not compelling, sweet but not profound. I'll return to The Giver--Lowry's best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snorkle | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, it had the same feel as "The Giver" but was for a younger audience. I'd recommend to all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia | 1/27/2014

    " Lowry tackles the subject of where dreams and nightmares come from, and how they get in our heads. This book was okay, although I would have liked to know more about what happened with John. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teagan Klein | 1/17/2014

    " An interesting, thought changing book that left me awake some nights thinking about what happens when I dream. I would naturally prefer something else, but the Gossamer was a pretty good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 1/7/2014

    " A beautiful story from a master storyteller. Be warned, the descriptions of abuse are tough to take. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joant | 12/29/2013

    " This is a sweet book about dream -givers (and nightmare -givers, too). I loved the imagery of a small creature touching a person's belongings and give memories to the sleeper. Not as great as the Giver, but worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 12/29/2013

    " What a sweet and delightful little book about the power of dreams, hope, memory, and family! Charming and moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 12/14/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book! I'm hit or miss on Lowry's work; some books I've liked more than others. This one, however, was beautiful, simple and very touching! If you're looking for an enjoyable read, this one will take you less than a day and is accessible to readers of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/7/2013

    " A quick, sweet read about what dreams are made of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 12/5/2013

    " Great book OMG... Really cute! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/4/2013

    " This was an interesting book that centers around a very small theme of redemption. I liked the ending. It wasn't too saccharine sweet. The book didn't pretend to have all the answers. It was an interesting premise, learning about the characters through their dreams/memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Ferguson | 11/28/2013

    " It was a cute little story. It is a fast read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lex | 11/27/2013

    " This book is really, really cute. An excellent kids book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kenzie | 6/16/2013

    " a beautiful book about the life of our dream givers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/2/2013

    " This is another in Lois Lowry's fanciful worlds. We are taken into the realm of dream-makers, and follow them as they weave the dreams of a young boy and an old woman. This is a fascinating story, and was a thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-Anne Swift | 4/10/2013

    " Cute story...I liked it, but not my favorite Lois Lowry book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoAnn | 3/16/2013

    " I could not finish this one. The themes of child abuse, neglect and deadbeat dads is too close to my life right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Cato | 11/7/2012

    " Lowry proves to once again be one of my all time favorites! Not sure why I haven't read this one before, but it was such a treat to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MCPLD Youth Department | 9/15/2012

    " Intriguing story about dream-givers and the power of kindness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 8/11/2012

    " I had forgotten how much I love Lois Lowry's books but hats the abrupt endings. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alanand96 | 6/17/2012

    " i don't know, very slow going i did not like it..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigette | 6/5/2012

    " Enjoyable exploration into the world of dreams, as well as learning to help others. With this novel, Lowry offers a uniquely illustrated look at our histories and how they can shape our future, as well as how we are helped by others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dotty | 3/12/2012

    " The Sinisteeds are on their way. Galloping horses bringing nightmares. Littlest One is just learning to deliver pleasant dreams for humans, but time may be running out for her charge, John. The hoard of Sinisteeds is on the way. Can John survive? Can Littlest One save the day? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/27/2012

    " I usually really like Lois Lowry books but this one I had a really hard time getting into. although it's a very easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirelle | 12/22/2011

    " A great read about a damaged boy and a dream giver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany Erickson | 12/2/2011

    " fairy tale story of hope, love, and laughter in the face of domestic abuse "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 9/11/2011

    " Lois Lowry is always good. This one is mild and gentle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/22/2011

    " Another gem recommended from my daughter Elizabeth. A beautiful little story about love and family. Lowry has a very good imagination--I enjoyed her ideas about how dreams and nightmares are created. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 5/9/2011

    " while written at a lower reading level, tenderly deals with heavy issues of abuse and hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valorie | 5/7/2011

    " I loved this book. So vivid and creative while still 'keepin it real'. I read it front to back twice in a row. So sweet and inciteful while at the same time fanciful and almost scary at times. Very worthwhile! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 4/30/2011

    " I predict more awards for Lowry with this, her latest. Amazing. Such a touching story of becoming--for the dream giver, who is the main character, and for those she bestows her gifts upon. I like to think of the transformations as an evolution of the soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ari | 4/25/2011

    " Read this in one sitting. I could not have asked for a more comforting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 4/15/2011

    " Quick little breath of a book. Fun to read. I will recommend it to certain students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 4/13/2011

    " awesome!!! finally a decent COMPLETE ENDING!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/11/2011

    " Gossamer is an AWESOME word. Even awesomer than 'awesome' is. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheri | 3/30/2011

    " I am listening to this one. I can't wait till I am done with it. It is a little slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 3/28/2011

    " I liked this book, but the more I've thought about it since finishing it, I've realized I LOVE this book. I'm not very quick on picking up on symbolism at all, but I eventually did after a little thinking! It was a quick, 1-hour read, but it has a really good message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/23/2011

    " The thought provoking story of how dreams and nightmares occur. Loved this talw of Littlest One and her strength to save John and abused little boy from the Sinisteeds (nighmare givers) after he goes to live with an older woman in forster care. I loved it! "

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About the Author
Author Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike. From the popular Anastasia Krupnik series to her bestselling novel The Giver, her books have garnered dozens of national, international, and state honors and awards, including two Newbery Medals.

About the Narrator

Anne Twomey is an accomplished actress of both stage and screen. Her Broadway credits include Orpheus Descending with Vanessa Redgrave, To Grandmother’s House We Go, and Nuts, for which she received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. Her many television appearances include guest roles on Seinfeld, Law & Order: SVU, Spin City, and the Christopher Reeves’ movie-of-the-week Rear Window. She has also appeared in the films Picture Perfect and Orpheus Descending.