Old House, New House

Overview

It’s summer, and a little girl is excited to move into an old country house with a cranberry bog, bullfrog creek, and farm animals that live down the road. But when fall comes, it’s time to pack up and move again—all the way across the country to a new house in a new places with new friends and new adventures. Katherine Potter’s heartfelt illustrations in chalk pastels complement this emotional narrative about moving.
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Overview

It’s summer, and a little girl is excited to move into an old country house with a cranberry bog, bullfrog creek, and farm animals that live down the road. But when fall comes, it’s time to pack up and move again—all the way across the country to a new house in a new places with new friends and new adventures. Katherine Potter’s heartfelt illustrations in chalk pastels complement this emotional narrative about moving.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The story line of this book is quite simple: a little girl whose family spends one summer living in one old house in the country before moving across country to a modern home in an urban/suburban setting. In four-line stanzas, the little girl tells us how much she loves the house and finds that the resident mice and nearby cranberry bog more than make up for the fact that there is no running water or phone. We don't learn much about what motivated the first move; but the adults clearly aren't ready to spend the snowy winter in the primitive cabin and so the family moves. While the house they arrive at is very different, the girl realizes that she can find friends and interesting things to do just as she did before. The contrast between the appeal of both old and new houses could inspire some good discussions but it may also be confusing to some children. Potter's watercolor wash illustrations capture the charm of the old house as well as the cross country journey to the new. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

An unnamed girl and her parents spend the summer in a rustic house beside a cranberry bog. The shaggy-haired, overall-clad girl befriends the neighboring children and the animals on the farm. She spends her days collecting eggs and picking berries. As the season changes and the leaves begin to fall, the child must leave the country house she has grown to love. Her parents explain they cannot spend the winter there "with no heat and no phone." The family drives across the country, "through city and town," "'cross fields and deserts, up mountains and down," at last arriving at a new house where the girl finds a new group of friends. The illustrations drawn in chalk pastels are done in a bright palette but do not particularly expand upon the rhyming text. In this uneven story, Gershator briefly addresses the unsettling feelings experienced by children facing an unwanted move. These emotions are more fully explored in Heather Maisner's We're Moving (Kingfisher, 2004), while Scott Beck's Little House, Little Town (Abrams, 2004) offers a cozier depiction of a family's love for their home.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

Kirkus Reviews
After spending the summer in an old country house, a little girl feels bereft when her family moves west to a new house. As the girl and her parents settle into the rural house without plumbing, she revels in the cranberry bog, plays with neighbor kids, picks berries, bathes in a washtub and has the "very best summer" ever. But when summer ends and they leave, she feels sad parting from the old house and her friends. She wonders if she will ever see snow or find a new friend. By describing her feelings of elation and sadness in first-person, past-tense verse, the little girl creates a nostalgic tone that captures her idyllic memories of that perfect summer. Potter's softly hued chalk-pastel illustrations spread across the pages with elegiac images of the girl drawing well water, lying by the cranberry bog, picking blueberries, washing in a galvanized tub and cavorting with farm animals. The satisfying and simple verbal and visual images sustain summer memories while anticipating life in a new place. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477810712
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Phillis Gershator lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
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