26 Fairmount Avenue (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

26 Fairmount Avenue (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Tomie dePaola

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Tomie dePaola's stories from the momentous year his family built their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue highlight his wit, sense of humor, and strong family bonds. The book earned raves from reviewers of all ages and a Newbery Honor award.  See more details below


Tomie dePaola's stories from the momentous year his family built their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue highlight his wit, sense of humor, and strong family bonds. The book earned raves from reviewers of all ages and a Newbery Honor award.

Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Odean
Tomie dePaola, known for the well-loved Strega Nonabooks and many others has fashioned a charming short novel from his own childhood. Illustrated with many black-and-white drawings and small black silhouettes, the nine chapters describe the family's ups and downs in building the family home, as well as other exciting events like a hurricane and Tomie's first day of school. The first person narrative, which has the uncluttered freshness of a child's viewpoint, weaves in well-chosen details that will entertain young readers.
Publishers Weekly
Nobody tells an anecdote better than the person who lived through it. This is one of the reasons that author-illustrator dePaola's picture-book autobiographies (26 Fairmount Avenue; Here We All Are; On My Way) have been such a success. On this audio adaptation of those first three books, plus the just-released What a Year! (Putnam, Mar.), dePaola, as narrator, lets his easygoing storytelling style and effervescent personality shine through. He recounts in vivid detail memories from his childhood in Connecticut, describing family members and major events in his life, including the hurricane of 1938, seeing Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for the first time, the birth of his baby sister and his first foray into trick-or-treating (as Snow White). Contemporary kids will be enthralled by these accounts of long-ago because they are told with such childlike charm; parents and grandparents will likely want to listen for nostalgia's sake. And everyone will be entertained, taking away a sense of what it was really like to be a kid in the late 1930s/early 1940s. Ages 7-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This year, well-known author and illustrator DePaola won a Newbery Honor award for his first-chapter book in which he recounts early adventures in his life. He writes about watching the hurricane of 1938 take over his neighborhood, mistaking laxatives for chocolates, and painting family portraits on the walls of his new home before the plasterers arrive. DePaola's style is brisk and readable, the anecdotes well chosen, and he promises more autobiographical chapter books will follow. 1999, Putnam, Ages 6 to 9, $13.99 and $5.99. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In a real departure from his many other books, Tomie dePaola has written his first chapter book. It is a reminiscence about his childhood and the building of the family home at 26 Fairmount Avenue. The voice is that of a young boy, and the world is seen through his eyes. He tells about how he keeps his grandmothers and great grandmother straight and how much he enjoys spending time with them and other members of his extended family. The chapter relating his viewing of the Disney version of Snow White is a hoot. The day of the big move into the new house has been eagerly anticipated. Throughout the book, young Tomie shares his excitement about the construction as well as his parents angst. Black and white illustrations by the author are liberally sprinkled throughout the book. Kids who have moved up to chapter books will love this one.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4 Tomie dePaola's loving recollections of his childhood - 26 Fairmount Avenue, Here We All Are, On My Way, and What a Year (Putnam, 1999-2002) come to life in this delightful audiobook. The author reads his own works, and it is clear from his voice that writing these books was a true labor of love. The tone is conversational as dePaola takes listeners back to another time when "Little Orphan Annie" was on the radio and doctors made house calls. His large extended family - both Irish and Italian - are featured in these stories, but the hero is clearly little Tomie. He exults in a starring role in a dance recital, dresses up as Snow White for Halloween, and has the occasional run-in with his teachers who insist on spelling his name "Tommy." There are tense moments here, as Tomie's little sister battles pneumonia, and joyous celebrations when the family moves to Fairmount Avenue. The entire production, including original music and a closing interview with the author/illustrator, is extremely well done. It offers listeners, both young and old, a warm glimpse of a loving family. It also provides insights into the background that influenced dePaola's later work. -Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
A charming, gentle, funny...His respect and reverence for both the old and the youngis clear...in his stories. (Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain and Tall)

Author Biography: Tomie dePaola is one of the best-known and best-loved author/illustrators creating books for children today. Both his writing and art have won numerous awards, and many of his picture books are now considered classics.

Neat sketches and silhouettes will draw browsers in, and the book design is approachable and not babyish...[A]n entirely satisfying easy chapter book...
The Horn Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
The legions of fans who over the years have enjoyed dePaola's autobiographical picture books will welcome this longer gathering of reminiscences. Writing in an authentically childlike voice, he describes watching the new house his father was building go up despite a succession of disasters, from a brush fire to the hurricane of 1938. Meanwhile, he also introduces family, friends, and neighbors, adds Nana Fall River to his already well-known Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs, remembers his first day of school (" `When do we learn to read?' I asked. `Oh, we don't learn how to read in kindergarten. We learn to read next year, in first grade.' `Fine,' I said. `I'll be back next year.' And I walked right out of school."), recalls holidays, and explains his indignation when the plot of Disney's "Snow White" doesn't match the story he knows. Generously illustrated with vignettes and larger scenes, this cheery, well-knit narrative proves that an old dog can learn new tricks, and learn them surpassingly well. (Autobiography. 7-9)

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Product Details

Demco Media
Publication date:
26 Fairmount Avenue Series, #1
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children, including New York Times bestseller Brava, Strega Nona!, Newbery Honor winner 26 Fairmount Avenue and Caldecott Honor winner Strega Nona. Among his many awards and honors, he has received the Smithson Medal and the Regina Medal, and was designated a “living treasure” by the state of New Hampshire. He is the first author known primarily for children's book writing to be awarded the Sarah Josepha Hale Award, a prestigious distinction given to New England writers. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Brief Biography

Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT

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26 Fairmount Avenue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful introduction to autobiography. Easy to read, fun read-aloud as well. A good way to get to know more about Tomie dePaola. My 3rd-5th grade library classes used it as an author study and also as a Newbery Honor example.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tomie manages to make his stories very relational and yet still appealing to young boys. It captures so much of what my son goes through and it speaks, very believably, from the 5/6/7 year old perspective. It talks about changes and family and things not being what you expected. He really validates a lot of the fears and anxieties that kids go through when things change. In a word it's real and that's what makes it really great writing. I love reading it with my son!
Felicity0 More than 1 year ago
Do you remember the first time your family ever moved? If you're anything like me, I can remember the first time my family brought a brand new house and moved into it. It was so exciting and new, seeing it being built from the ground up, seeing the frame turn into walls, and the cement and wooden floors becoming our new home. This is exactly what Tomie de Paola does in this autobiography. He recounts the events that surrounded his family's move to the address of 26 Fairmount Avenue in Meriden, Connecticut, when he was five years old. He remembers a hurricane that hit the east coast, seeing “Snow White” when it first came out in the movies, going to school for the first time and so much more. This is a wonderful autobiography and is full of laughter and fun. It also contains the author’s trademark illustrations, which add so much character to the story. It is suitable for readers of all ages, even though it is geared toward children.
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MiMiES More than 1 year ago
Very good story - children can relate to Tomie. A good book to introduce your child to chapter books that have interesting & meaningful stories. Snuggle up together and read the book to your child. After a few times your child will want to begin reading the chapter books him/herself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you and your family ever moved? Do you remember what it was like? That is what this wonderful book, which is suited for children from seven to ten-years-old. The author, Tomie de Paola writes about the year before he and his family moved from their apartment and into their new home on Fairmont Avenue. The book starts with de Paola describing the Hurricane of 1938. He recounts many of the events of his life in that year and even talks about problems arising in the construction of the home saying, ¿My mom kept crying. My dad kept using more and more bad words.¿ If your family has ever built a house you can really relate to the story. I really liked the book, and would definitely encourage anyone to read it. It is truly a great autobiography of de Paola. Tomie de Paola, the author, was born in 1934 in the town of Meridian, Connecticut. He is of Irish and Italian heritage. From an early age it was always is ambition to create picture books. He wrote books for his family as a child for birthdays and such. He is also a great artist and designer. Tomie de Paola is also known to put out two to four books a year, an astonishing feat. de Paola, Tomie. 26 Fairmont Avenue. New York: G.P. Putnam¿s Sons, 1999.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that 26 Fairmount Avenue is a good book! If you like to read about authors or love Tomie dePaola then you would enjoy this book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. You'll want to read this book. But if you want to find out what happens, you'll have to read the book. See how everything turns out in the sto