The Secret of Old Zeb by Carmen Agra Deedy

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Some dreams are too big to be kept in bottles...

Ten year-old Walter is highly imaginative and a little sassy, yet he is still not quite sure of himself. In fact, he feels lost even when he's packed off to his unknown Great Aunt Hortensia while his parents pursue their dreams of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Walter fears he's in for the worst summer ever - that is, until he befriends a mysterious neighbor. Old Zeb is a lonely, grizzled sailor who builds ships in bottles. When he lets Walter in on his lifelong dream, Walter begins to realize his own dreams and to discover the magic that can be unleased when one reaches for the stars.

 

About Carmen Agra Deedy

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Carmen Agra Deedy is a New York Times bestselling author and has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books, including 14 Cows for America, The Library Dragon, The Yellow Star, and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives. Michael P. White is an award-winning fine artist and the illustrator of several children's books. He lives in Georgia.
 
Published September 1, 1997 by Peachtree Pub Ltd. 36 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Old Uncle Walter relates a childhood story to his bored niece about Old Zeb, who made ships in bottles and let Walter in on his true dream—an enormous ship he was building in the cellar.

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While languishing at his great-aunt's home he meets Old Zeb, who makes ships in bottles but lets Walter in on his true dream, his ""G.S.P."" (Great Secret Project)--an enormous ship he's building in his cellar.

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