Who Lives Here?

Who Lives Here?

by Tanya Roitman
     
 

A tiny field mouse moves into an abandoned building. One by one, a cat, a rabbit, a frog, and a dog move in with him. "There's always room for one more," says Mouse.

After dinner, when it's time to go to sleep, Mouse makes sure each new friend has just the right place to sleep.

Vertically stepped pages create the architecture of the tall, tall house, and die

Overview

A tiny field mouse moves into an abandoned building. One by one, a cat, a rabbit, a frog, and a dog move in with him. "There's always room for one more," says Mouse.

After dinner, when it's time to go to sleep, Mouse makes sure each new friend has just the right place to sleep.

Vertically stepped pages create the architecture of the tall, tall house, and die cuts hide and reveal each of the animals in this gentle story about friendship and learning to share. Tanya Roitman's rich, traditional folk art accompanies this retelling loosely drawn from a Russian folktale she enjoyed as a child.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Between the covers of this book is a very tall house made up of various flaps. A mouse knocks on the door and discovers that the house is empty, so he moves right in. Each succeeding flap presents a new animal, and they all eventually move in. There is a frog, a cat, and a rabbit who join the mouse. They dine together and then head for their favorite places to sleep. The cat likes the mat, the frog the tub and our little mouse remarks that he can sleep anywhere. In the first section and on the cover, there are cutouts the give a clue as to who is at the door. In the second part of the story, the cutout shows the night sky and the sleeping animals. The flaps are sturdy and the book should hold up well, but the story lacks any tension or real interest. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
Printed on six house-shaped, nested sheets of card stock that successively increase in size, this extremely simple tale likely has more to offer toddlers who mainly groove on turning pages than those who want a fully realized story. There is a thread of plot-a mouse moves into a big, empty house, invites a frog, a cat and a rabbit to come in, they share a meal and then go to sleep. However, it's the canted, gaily decorated, brightly colored house that takes center stage, as each new spread reveals a new room with comfy furnishings and, often, a small die-cut window looking in or out. There's not much "here" here, but recent board-book graduates should be pleased, briefly. (Picture book. 2-3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593545994
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
04/19/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tanya Roitman holds an M.F.A. from the Estonian Academy of Arts. Her artistic career started when she took a job with the St. Petersburg Russian Circus. Since then, she has illustrated more than fifty books for children. Tanya currently lives in New Jersey.

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