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Children's LiteratureSuen based her story on characters created by Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), whose books have won both the Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor. Peter, Amy, Archie, Lily, and Louie meet one day to play, and after they discover they have nowhere to go, Amy suggests they build a clubhouse. When the children realize they have no materials to use, Mrs. Lopez allows them to use wood and scraps in the empty lot next to her store. As the children gather their materials, they notice they do not have enough money to buy a hammer and some nails. To their delight, Mr. Frank lets them borrow the items from his hardware store. After a lot of hard work, the kids build a wonderful clubhouse to enjoy. Readers will learn that they can complete any project with a little bit of teamwork. In addition, the colorful illustrations resemble modern television cartoons, which will appeal to children. More importantly, the pictures show that the children come from different cultural backgrounds, which seems to suggest that children can work together regardless of their skin color. 2002, Viking/Penguin, Ages 5 to 8.