The One Day House
The One Day House
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Annotation: A little boy promises his beloved friend, an elderly lady, that one day he will fix up her old house--and his words inspire the other people in the neighborhood to pitch in and get it done.
Catalog Number: #143729
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Diaz, Bianca,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-580-89709-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-580-89709-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2015026863
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Generous, kind-hearted Wilson's elderly neighbor Gigi has a home in desperate need of rehabilitation, and he discovers the perfect plan: a community program where neighbors pitch in to do yard work and home repair. Wilson keeps his plan a secret, instead telling Gigi about all the nice things he'd fix at her house one day. "One day . . . I will build a fence around the yard so you can have a dog to keep you company." With every new plan, Gigi and others remind him that, no matter what Gigi's house is like, his friendship is a precious gift nonetheless. Diaz' mixed-media illustrations, rendered in bold, saturated colors, engagingly depict Wilson and Gigi's vibrant, multicultural neighborhood, and her expressive faces reveal a nice depth of emotion, particularly Gigi's surprise when Wilson's plans eventually become a reality, with the help of the whole neighborhood. This bright, happy story with an affirming conclusion emphasizes the value of a supportive community and offers young readers tangible ways they can take action in their own neighborhoods.
Horn Book
Spending time with an older neighbor, GiGi, a boy named Wilson daydreams of "one day" fixing up her house, which has fallen into disrepair. The determined Wilson shares his ideas with his whole community. The payoff comes when "one day" arrives, and readers discover that Wilson was not just daydreaming but thoughtfully putting a plan into action. Diaz's sunny mixed-media art mirrors the collaborative spirit of the story.
Kirkus Reviews
Young, bronze-skinned Wilson shares with his community and with his elder friend, Gigi, all the ways he wants to improve Gigi's home one day—until "one day" arrives.Before the formal title page, Wilson is seen gazing at a bright pink flier on the window of La Luna Cafe. Opposite this illustration is the flyer's enlargement—"Build Up Neighbors"—entreating readers to "Fix a neighbor's home together!" Wilson has apparently torn off one of the phone-numbered strips at the bottom. The text begins in earnest with Wilson telling Gigi that one day he will paint her house "orange and yellow like the sun." As in each successive conversation between the two, Gigi likes his idea but also reminds Wilson that his presence in her life is more important than any home repair. In between these sweet litanies, Wilson tells such people as the ice cream man, a passing neighbor, and the local librarian of envisioned improvements. All conversations begin with Wilson's "One day…." The vibrant, mixed-media artwork depicts an established neighborhood of mixed ethnicities. Scenes of neighborhood conversations are interspersed with Wilson's own childlike, colored drawings, embellished by such details as his calculations of how many nails would be needed in a new fence. Art and text together radiate a warm message of community and caring. A labor of love honoring labors of love. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3One day, Wilson promises to paint Gigi's house "orange and yellow like the sun." The older woman is pleased and responds, "But today, you are all the sunshine I need." Wilson's ideas for his friend's home are supported by people in the neighborhood, from the ice cream vendor to the local librarian, and even his classmates and teacher. Time and seasons pass, until that one day arrives and the community comes together to repair and spruce up Gigi's house and yard. The story begins before the title page when Wilson comes across a sign at the local La Luna Cafe. He tears off the phone number encouraging people to "Fix a neighbor's home together!" Richly colored mixed-media collage illustrations call to mind folk art, naive in tone but effectually depicting the neighborhood and its residents. Images of Wilson's vision for Gigi's home are interspersed and appear to done by a child with handwritten notes on the side. This is a warm story based on the author's experience in cooperative neighborhood efforts. VERDICT A useful and appealing story that provides a great sense of community. An inspirational choice to read aloud or one-on-one.Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library
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Word Count: 307
Reading Level: 2.3
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 190579 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.3 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q72445
Lexile: AD470L
"One day," said Wilson, "I will paint your house orange and yellow like the sun." 
Gigi smiled. "I will like that. But today, you are all the sunshine I need," she said.

Excerpted from The One-Day House by Julia Durango
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Wilson dreams of all the ways he can help improve his friend Gigi’s house so that she’ll be warm, comfortable, and happy.

One day, friends and neighbors from all over come to help make Wilson's plans come true. Everyone volunteers to pitch in to make Gigi's house safe, clean, and pretty.

Inspired by a friend’s volunteerism, author Julia Durango tells a story of community and togetherness, showing that by helping others we help ourselves. Further information about Labor of Love, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity is included at the end of the book.

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