This Old House

This Old House

by Karen Ackerman, Sylvie K. Wickstrom

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There's more to an abandoned house than meets the eye in this slight picture book: wild creatures from the surrounding yard have made the rundown dwelling their own. Mice scurry on the floor, spiders spin webs in the cabinets and kittens nap beneath a chair--until the day when a new family might move in. Ackerman's ( Song and Dance Man ) text amounts to little more than a list of critter sightings arranged in couplets. Disappointingly, her meter and vocabulary seem to suffer at times for the sake of rhyme. Wickstrom's ( Armadillo ) cuddly watercolors provide an appropriately snug setting for the text, but their similarity in hue and composition becomes tiresome. This is one old house that regrettably yields few treasures. Ages 4-6. (Sept.)
Ilene Cooper
What goes on in a house after the people have moved? Lots, in this old place. Beneath the sagging roof and beams, an owl sleeps; under the porch two rabbits nibble wild clover. Mice, of course, are present, scampering across the floor while a spider weaves a web above the cabinet. The simple rhyming text is right for the age group, who will also enjoy seeing how the animals have made the house their own. The pictures, done in autumnal colors, have a tendency to humanize the animals' expressions, but children, especially animal lovers, won't mind.

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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
9.45(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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