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IS it possible for a reindeer, beer, bunny, and badger to dismantle the house they've been sharing, go their separate ways, and find fulfillment?... Supplied with pieces of the house, each sets off, but trouble soon surfaces... Ages 3-7

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IS it possible for a reindeer, beer, bunny, and badger to dismantle the house they've been sharing, go their separate ways, and find fulfillment?... Supplied with pieces of the house, each sets off, but trouble soon surfaces... Ages 3-7

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Four animal friends live happily in their house that is a home until One (the reindeer) suggests they all go to sea. No one agrees with that idea. Two (the bear) wants to travel to the mountains and yodel; Three (the rabbit) thinks a dark cave s appealing; and Four (the badger) feels called to the city. After a huge fight, the animals leave, carrying parts of the house to their individual destinations. They discover that having a piece of the house is not the same as having a home, but more importantly, they are lonely and miss each other. The friends get back together and rebuild their house, adding wheels underneath, so they can travel together. The colorful pictures and whimsical characters will appeal to young children as they learn to distinguish the difference between a house and a home. A good choice for story time sharing and discussion. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS—The endpapers of this book look like a patchwork quilt, and on one of the front squares is a quote that underlines the essential message: "A house is made of boards and beams. A home is made of love and dreams." Four animal friends live together happily until the day they all decide to change their lives: One wants them to go to sea as pirates, Two thinks they should climb a mountain and yodel, Three wishes to live in a cave, and Four feels they should go to the big city. Since they can't agree, they go their separate ways, and each one takes a part of their house, leaving only the roof. Of course, nothing is as much fun without friends. All of them return to make up and build their house anew—with one major addition: wheels on the bottom so they can go exploring together. One back endpaper square reads: "Home is where the heart is." Colorful cartoon illustrations in light bright colors fill the oversize pages with many small details—flowers, bugs, and trees are everywhere, offering delight to both lap-sitters or storytime groups. Slight but pleasant.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Publishers Weekly
Is it possible for a reindeer, bear, bunny, and badger to dismantle the house they've been sharing, go their separate ways, and find fulfillment? One (conveniently, the animals are named after numbers) wants to be a pirate, Two wants to yodel in the Alps, Three wants to collect insects underground, and Four wants to party. “If I'm going,” they all shout, “I'm taking the house with me!” Supplied with pieces of the house, each sets off, but trouble soon surfaces: One becomes a pirate, but ends up sailing alone on his old front door surrounded by sharks. “Worst of all, his house simply wasn't a home when it was just a door.” When inevitably the four give up and reunite, adding wheels to their house allows them to stay together while satisfying their wanderlust. Smith (Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero) keeps the story zipping along, effectively using repeating phrases, story elements, and scenarios. The pages teem with digitized colors, textures, and photos, but the overall atmosphere is quiltlike and cozy. It's a persuasive argument for finding creative solutions to problems instead of walking away. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589250888
Publisher:
Tiger Tales
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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