The Blue House
The Blue House
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Annotation: Both Leo and his father are angry and sad when their landlord says their old house will be torn down, but soon they find a way to make their new house feel like home.
Catalog Number: #218971
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-9848933-7-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-9848933-7-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019048757
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
A father and son are forced from their longtime neighborhood.Leo and his dad love their rented “old blue house” despite its quirks (peeling paint, a mossy roof, leaks and creaks). The house is filled with so many memories that make it theirs. In the winter, the duo make cozy forts and bake pies to warm up when the old heater breaks. They dance to “Spruce Springsteel” on vinyl. As the garden fills with raspberries and tomatoes in the summer, Leo plays in the yard until sundown. But, lately, developers have been building “big, new apartments” nearby. Their landlord informs Leo’s dad that the blue house is next to be torn down. Leo and his dad dance, stomp, and rage together. Will their new home ever feel the same? Wahl’s latest is a moving portrait of a single-parent family’s resilience and love amid redevelopment. The textured, deeply colorful art utilizes collage, and the text appears handwritten, giving the rich spreads the feel of a scrapbook. The detailed illustrations enrich not only the memories, but the characters’ colorful personalities and relationship. The third-person narrative’s tight connection to Leo and his emotions positions the text as Virginia Lee Burton’s The Little House retold for a new generation. Endpapers depict Leo’s neighborhood before and after redevelopment, effectively showing the impact. Both Leo and his dad present white.An absolute treasure for anyone who has ever moved. (Picture book. 4-8)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A father and son are forced from their longtime neighborhood.Leo and his dad love their rented “old blue house” despite its quirks (peeling paint, a mossy roof, leaks and creaks). The house is filled with so many memories that make it theirs. In the winter, the duo make cozy forts and bake pies to warm up when the old heater breaks. They dance to “Spruce Springsteel” on vinyl. As the garden fills with raspberries and tomatoes in the summer, Leo plays in the yard until sundown. But, lately, developers have been building “big, new apartments” nearby. Their landlord informs Leo’s dad that the blue house is next to be torn down. Leo and his dad dance, stomp, and rage together. Will their new home ever feel the same? Wahl’s latest is a moving portrait of a single-parent family’s resilience and love amid redevelopment. The textured, deeply colorful art utilizes collage, and the text appears handwritten, giving the rich spreads the feel of a scrapbook. The detailed illustrations enrich not only the memories, but the characters’ colorful personalities and relationship. The third-person narrative’s tight connection to Leo and his emotions positions the text as Virginia Lee Burton’s The Little House retold for a new generation. Endpapers depict Leo’s neighborhood before and after redevelopment, effectively showing the impact. Both Leo and his dad present white.An absolute treasure for anyone who has ever moved. (Picture book. 4-8)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Leo and his father live in a rickety old blue house with leaks, creaks, and peeling paint. Once, after the heater broke, they baked a pie "just to warm up the kitchen." Learning that their landlord has sold the property and they must move, Leo is angry. So is his dad, who plays his electric guitar while Leo does a scream solo. They dance, stomp, and rage together until they feel a little better. After moving to the new house, they paint a picture of the old one on a wall in Leo's room. And gradually, as they unpack, bake a pie, and play music, the new place begins to feel like home. While there's no shortage of picture books about moving, many are best suited to preschoolers, and most focus on missing old friends and making new ones, rather than losing a place so central to a child's life that it feels irreplaceable. Refreshingly candid in portraying the intense feelings that sometimes accompany the experience of moving, the text shows how candor, camaraderie, and artistic expression can be helpful in coping with them. The vibrant illustrations, created with watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and collage, feature deep colors and expressive drawings of characters. An emotionally resonant picture book.
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: AD520L

In the tradition of Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House comes a heartfelt story about a father and son learning to accept the new while honoring and celebrating the old.

For as long as he can remember, Leo has lived in the blue house with his dad, but lately the neighborhood is changing. People are leaving, houses are being knocked down, and shiny new buildings are going up in their place. When Leo and his dad are forced to leave, they aren't happy about it. They howl and rage and dance out their feelings. When the time comes, they leave the blue house behind--there was never any choice, not really--but little by little, they find a way to keep its memory alive in their new home.


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