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The Big Orange Splot Paperback – June 1, 1993
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The neighbors are aghast. In a recurring motif, the neighbors exclaim that something must be wrong with their neighbor: "Plumbean has gushed his mush, lost his marbles, and slipped his hawser." Mr. Plumbean resists their pressure, explaining in one of many memorable lines from the book: "My house is me and I am it. My house...looks like all my dreams." One by one, over tall glasses of lemonade, Mr. Plumbean casually talks to the other neighbors, one by one, about their own dreams. The following day, each neighbor expresses those dreams through his or her house.
The book isn't so much about nonconformity as about self-expression, or what Maslow called "self-actualization." That everyone eventually paints their house in wild colors is not so much a new form of conformity, but rather the flowering and unafraid celebration of their individuality, and an acceptance of this in others. Very highly recommended; it may be a book you'll treasure for years to come.
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I love this book! I had an old copy that was falling apart and was hoping to find another copy. I'm glad they had it here. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by M. E. Jones
One of my favorite kids' books. Very 80's. Super awesome illustrations and silly, inspiring story. Read morePublished 7 days ago by hoo haa
I knew it was Used - Fair, and I guess that's a pretty accurate description. It should have noted that there is a personalized inscription in the front cover, since I could have... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Carollynn H.
Good for teaching individuality and diversity to young children.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the great children's books. Arrived on time with no damage.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was my favorite book as a child! I ordered this for my cousins son who is just turning four, and who's favorite color is orange. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brittany Lopez
Great fun! Nice story, catchy colorful illustrations.... Shame it's not a board book or a book easier to manipulate by young kids (the only reason for the missing star)Published 3 months ago by jp
I have had a copy of this book since the mid 80s. My husband volunteered for Reading is Fundamental and acquired a copy there. It was a favorite is ours and my now adult son. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Noni
Great story I had as a kid, decided I needed to have it in my library. A great lesson to remind us to be ourselves.Published 4 months ago by Kate Lake