A Place for Ben

A Place for Ben

by Jeanne Titherington
     
 

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Ben's room just doesn't feel the same since his little brother moved in. So Ben searches all over the house until he finds a place that he can call his own. But now that Ben has his place, who is there to share it with him?  See more details below

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Ben's room just doesn't feel the same since his little brother moved in. So Ben searches all over the house until he finds a place that he can call his own. But now that Ben has his place, who is there to share it with him?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An example of story and pictures as a seamless entity, Titherington's third book is simple, lovely and touching without a bit of sentimentality. Ben has had it with little brother Ezra. The search for a place of his own takes Ben to a cozy corner in the garage where he takes his friends and snacks. But the pleasure quickly fades. There is no one to share it with, until Ezra shows up and Ben realizes he has been underestimating the toddler's talents as a playmate. Titherington's paintings reflect, in quiet colors, the story of a problem satisfactorily solved. The pictures are arresting; readers will long remember Ben's welcoming grin when Ezra crawls up, looking for a friend. Ages 4-8. (April)
Children's Literature - Sherry Philippus
In this sweet, poignant picture book, Ben is feeling displaced by his baby brother Ezra, who now shares his room. Ben finds a place in the house to call his own, only to be dismayed by his loneliness there. His search for someone to share his spot is a satisfying surprise. The warm colored pencil illustrations beautifully capture Ben's expressions; preschoolers will relate to many of the pictures, such as the one in which Ben is holding the cereal box out of reach of the dog's eager nose. An excellent choice for preschool story hours and for units about babies, siblings, or family relationships. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 A realistic picture book of the finest kindsoft spoken, simple but allusive, and child centered. When Ezra's crib is moved into Ben's room, Ben sets out to make a private place where he can be alone. Ben's denim overalls, strap-closed sneakers, plastic dinosaurs, and box of raisins identify him as a toddler of the '80s, but his simultaneous need for a place of his own and yet his loneliness are timeless developmental challenges. Titherington's color pencil drawings, closely cropped to focus on Ben's expressive face, are realistic but not overwhelmed with detail. Her pictures and story are as inseparable as two-ply knitting yarn. Both lead young readers to find a resolution for themselves based on Ben's complex and contradictory feelings. Rhythmic short sentences encourage reading aloud and reading on one's own. Drawings take up the entire facing page. This is a sensitive, beautifully made book.Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688170646
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.99(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.08(d)
Lexile:
AD370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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