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Children's LiteratureGregory is an artist who likes to make big pictures. The start of his summer vacation feels like a huge empty space. Bulla fills the emptiness with a close knit community of trust and caring. There are no strangers in Gregory's town, and the neighbors share their unique talents to help each other succeed. The story's main focus is a neighborhood effort to save an old man's home. There is also an interesting message about the power of art to make dreams come true—even though they do not always look exactly as imagined. The plot is flawless. It describes a tough realistic world without undue sentiment. The text is clear and concise without one word more than needed to tell the story, and the simple language layers hope and sadness like one of Gregory's paintings. This recommended title is a "Stepping Stones" chapter book. It has a happy ending for an imperfect world. 2005 (orig. 1998), Random House Children's Books, Ages 9 to 12.