Clean House

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"As Aunt Alice and Cousin Kate's visit draws near, Tess and her mother embark on an emergency cleaning program that leaves them exhausted, their pets banished to the yard, and their house too neat to feel like home. When Tess overhears Alice and Kate laughing about their own messy lifestyle, she decides to come clean. The six entertaining, large-print chapters feature illustrations on almost every page, making this a good choice for children just beyond the beginning reader stage; but older children will enjoy the book's humor."—Booklist. ...
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Overview

"As Aunt Alice and Cousin Kate's visit draws near, Tess and her mother embark on an emergency cleaning program that leaves them exhausted, their pets banished to the yard, and their house too neat to feel like home. When Tess overhears Alice and Kate laughing about their own messy lifestyle, she decides to come clean. The six entertaining, large-print chapters feature illustrations on almost every page, making this a good choice for children just beyond the beginning reader stage; but older children will enjoy the book's humor."—Booklist.

After Mom and Tess thoroughly clean house in preparation for a visit from Aunt Alice and Cousin Kate, both mothers and daughters admit that they prefer a "normal" mess.

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Gr 1-3-When Tess and her mother find out that Aunt Alice and Cousin Kate are coming to visit, Mom decides that their messy home is just not acceptable. The cat is on the table, and books, shoes, and toys are everywhere. Busy with work and school, it's hard for Tess and her mother to remedy the situation in just a few days, especially with the cat and dog constantly undoing their hard work. Finally, their guests arrive to a lovely house and a special lunch, but somehow things are not really comfortable. It's not until Tess overhears a conversation between Alice and Kate about how frantically they had to clean the last time they had company that she realizes that a perfectly neat house is not necessarily a friendly one. Everything works out in the end as Tess lets the animals back in and she and Kate drag out her box of toys. Clever pencil sketches complement the story. An easy, funny, enjoyable chapter book.-Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY
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As Aunt Alice and Cousin Kate's visit draws near, Tess and her mother embark on an emergency cleaning program that leaves them exhausted, their pets banished to the yard, and their house too neat to feel like home. When Tess overhears Alice and Kate laughing about their own messy lifestyle, she decides to come clean. She lets the cat and dog back in, tips over her toy box, and helps her mother loosen up and enjoy the visit. The six entertaining, large-print chapters feature illustrations on almost every page, making this a good choice for children just beyond the beginning reader stage; but even older children will enjoy the book's humor. Yossi Abolafia's line drawings convey emotion as well as action with economy and wit, reflecting Haas' ruefully humorous portrayal of human foibles. Possibly the only children's book in which Mom reads "books with people kissing on the covers" (and hides them from her houseguests), this would be fun to read aloud in the classroom or at home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688140793
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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