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# Follow the Line through the House

Open the front door and step inside a house exploding with patterns, colors, and Laura Ljungkvist’s signature line! Young children can follow the line through every room, discovering hidden surprises. From the kitchen with its stocked refrigerator, to the playroom brimming with toys, to the basement with its shiny toolbox, this house is filled with visual

## Overview

Open the front door and step inside a house exploding with patterns, colors, and Laura Ljungkvist’s signature line! Young children can follow the line through every room, discovering hidden surprises. From the kitchen with its stocked refrigerator, to the playroom brimming with toys, to the basement with its shiny toolbox, this house is filled with visual treasures.

Questions prompt children to count, identify colors, and find matching elements. The deceptively simple geometric art invites hours of observation and helps build important pre-math skills.

## Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
A companion to the author's entertaining Follow the Line (Viking, 2006). Here, Ljungkvist takes her acrobatic line and rhyming text into a house and invites children to locate common items inside a toolbox, a refrigerator, a medicine cabinet, a toy box, etc. While the line challenges and trains the eye to follow it, the text poses some questions and suggests activities such as counting like objects, choosing clothing to wear to the beach or to a party, and deciding what foods are needed to make a sandwich. The author uses a mixture of bright and muted colors and includes some of her daughter's drawings to decorate the playroom. Some family photos and even a postcard written in Swedish appear in the attic treasure box. Objects like an old rotary phone and a record player will likely intrigue children and possibly even stump them; that just adds to the fun. The last page cleverly sends children back to look again by asking, "As you were exploring, did you see a mouse?" or "A few things were put in spots that were wrong. Where do those things really belong?" While not as flashy bright as Walter Wick's "I Spy" books (Scholastic), this clever, interactive offering is a welcome addition to the genre. Children will line up to check it out.

Kirkus Reviews
Having led young viewers from sea to city and from night to day in Follow the Line (2006), Ljungkvist takes them on a house tour in this like-patterned follow-up-again starting an unbroken black line on the front cover that ends on the back and in between runs through each room while geometrically outlining furniture or small objects. Using various shapes in harmonious colors to fill in details and backgrounds, and integrating brief lines of text into the pictures, she pauses in the fridge, a closet, a toolbox and other storage areas to invite a bit of counting, identification or searching for scattered items. Similar in appeal but much simpler in style than Walter Wick's I Spy series and its ilk, this doesn't exactly signal a creative leap for the artist, but it does make an enjoyable way to increase attention span and visual literacy. (Picture book. 5-7)

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101643129
Publisher:
Publication date:
05/17/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
15 MB
Note:
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

## Meet the Author

Laura Ljungkvist is a Swedish artist whose editorial work has appeared in The New York and Harper's Bazaar.  This is her third book for children.  She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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