The Little, Little House

The Little, Little House

by Jessica Souhami
     
 

Joseph and his family feel squashed in their little, little house, with just a yard for the chickens and a small green patch for the goat and cow, so Joseph goes to his Aunty Bella for help. She tells him to bring the chickens into the house. Result? - chaos. But when Joseph goes back to Aunty Bella, she smiles and tells him to bring in the rooster... then the cow.

Overview

Joseph and his family feel squashed in their little, little house, with just a yard for the chickens and a small green patch for the goat and cow, so Joseph goes to his Aunty Bella for help. She tells him to bring the chickens into the house. Result? - chaos. But when Joseph goes back to Aunty Bella, she smiles and tells him to bring in the rooster... then the cow... then the goat, until the little, little house is a dirty, smelly barnyard bursting out of its walls! Only when Joseph follows Aunty Bella's final piece of advice does he discover what a clever woman she is, and learns to count his blessings. Jessica Souhami's hilarious retelling of a delightful nursery tale has bright, bold collage illustrations and a fun text, perfect for reading aloud.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Riffing on the classic rabbinical fable, The Little, Little House by Jessica Souhami uses her collage and wax pencil technique to grand effect, as a family complains of being "so jammed and crammed, so squashed and squeezed." But when a sage (this time Aunty Bella, rather than a rabbi) suggests taking in a half dozen chickens, a cow and a goat, the collage overlays emphasize the crowding, and when the barnyard denizens depart, their home seems ample-the dinner table seems to float in luxurious white space. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A delightful retelling of an Eastern European tale. Joseph is convinced that his house is too small for his family and seeks advice from his clever Aunty Bella. She tells him to bring the six chickens inside and, when that doesn't help, recommends bringing in the rooster, followed by the cow and the goat. As matters get progressively worse, Joseph begins to despair, but when all the animals are finally turned out, the family is happy-with what was theirs all along. Souhami notes that she has substituted a wise aunt for the traditional village rabbi or wise man. Probably best known in picture-book format through Ann McGovern's Too Much Noise (Houghton, 1967), this tale also appears in Adele Geras's My Grandmother's Stories: A Collection of Jewish Folk Tales (Knopf, 2003). Even so, Souhami's lively version will be a welcome addition to picture-book collections. The vibrant colors and strong contrast of the cut-paper shapes against neutral backgrounds provide great visual energy. The simple yet dramatic text makes it especially well suited to reading aloud. Listeners will have to supply some of their own answers from the illustrations as the author describes, rather than tells, what happens with the addition of each animal. Children will love the humor in the pictures as the chickens play cards, read books, and even feed the baby.-Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this recast version of an Eastern European tale best known from Ann McGovern's Too Much Noise (1967), Joseph goes to wise Aunty Bella to complain that his house is too small, and she bids him bring all of his livestock inside. On alternate spreads, Souhami portrays the mounting domestic chaos in simple, brightly colored paper collages captioned only with, "But THIS is what happened . . . "-then closes, after the animals have at last been removed, with a scene of Joseph and his family sitting around the table, all smiles. Souhami's rendition doesn't lend itself to audience participation as well as McGovern's does, but figures in the illustrations are more expressively posed, and the cultural context is a little more generic. (brief, non-specific source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845071080
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
02/09/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,242,270
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages!, In the Dark, Dark Wood, Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby, Leopard's Drum, No Dinner!, Rama and the Demon King, The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen, The Little, Little House, Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn and King Pom and the Fox. Jessica lives in North London.

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