Where I Liveby Eileen Spinelli
This gentle and
Diana loves where she lives. She loves the astronomy charts on her walls and the fact that she can wave to her best friend, Rose, from her very own window. And best of all, a wren has recently made its home right by her front door! When her family is forced to move, Diana wonders if she'll ever find that same grounded and happy feeling again.
This gentle and ultimately redeeming story in poems is about those secure and fulfilling friendships that happen naturally and easily when you live right next door, and the struggles of losing the comfort of a familiar place. Matt Phelan's warm and expressive illustrations perfectly complement Eileen Spinelli's tenderhearted and unique tale that reminds us that sometimes a little uprooting and change is necessary for growth.
Precocious Diana loves astronomy, poetry, and sleepovers with her best friend, Rose. She's content with the way things are: her sun poem won the school contest, she is painting her room midnight blue to go with her star charts, and a bird family has made a nest in a wreath on the front door of her house. She even enjoys her little sister, Twink, who can be pesky at times, gets itchy on long car rides, and manages to get covered in midnight blue paint. Then, Diana gets bad news: her dad has lost his job, and they're moving six hours away to live with Grandpa Joe. She must say goodbye to her old home and to her best friend. Spinelli crafts a reassuring and engaging story in verse, and young readers facing similar circumstances will find their experiences and emotions echoed in Diana's thoughtful musings. The girl finds great solace in her poetry journal and is able to work through her emotions in a creative way. Phelan's charming pencil drawings are a perfect complement to this heartfelt tale.
Marilyn TaniguchiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin Young Readers Group
- Publication date:
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- Penguin Group
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 4 MB
- Age Range:
- 7 - 10 Years
Meet the Author
Matt Phelan lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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this waould b great for yoing readers
What a great story! I enjoyed the brief character introductions and how Diana uses the journal or diary to share with everyone what is going on in her life. As a teacher, I see much potential for this story being used as a writing tool. The illustrations reminded me of the Precious Moments characters and add much charm and would help those young readers who need to have pictures in a book. Wonderful book.