Wilbur's Space Machine

Wilbur's Space Machine

by Lorna Balian

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- In this story with an ecological theme, elderly Violet and Wilbur live in the middle of beautiful countryside, surrounded by ``. . . clean, peaceful space . . . .'' But, soon, their valley becomes congested with people, houses, and cars. The focal point of aggravation is a neighbor child named Googie, who tramples their garden in the spring, litters it in the summer, and steals their harvest in the fall. Wilbur decides to build a space machine to recover the ``clean, peaceful space'' he loves, but the space he creates just disappears into the air. Violet advises him to capture the space in balloons; when she ties them to the porch railing, the house floats up into the air, and Wilbur and Violet are once more surrounded by space. The story, while smoothly told, is not totally successful. The point of view (the older couple are the sympathetic characters, while the child is nothing more than a nuisance) is one that won't appeal to most children, and the concept of a space machine as an abstraction taken literally is one that most young readers won't understand. The colorful artwork, while technically well done, is bland and rather cloying. --Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

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Humbug Books
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Edition description:
1st ed
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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