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Children's LiteratureA young girl celebrates the comfort and joy of her home in this collection of poems. She pictures her house as one giant hug wrapping itself around her. She rejoices in the heater that keeps her warm and the tempting smells from the kitchen. Young readers will identify with the magnetic scrapbook on the refrigerator, the sock eating dryer, and the annoyance of the ringing telephone. The noise of the vacuum cleaner, the worn out welcome mat, the crowded garage, the dining expanding and contracting room table, and the couch that turns into a bed are among the items that are praised. The large, colorful illustrations are an integral part of the meaning of the poems. In some cases, the words only hint at the item being described while the pictures show what it is. A comfortable book for introducing the genre of poetry through subjects that are familiar. 2004, Harcourt, Ages 3 to 7.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.