PreS. This small, bright picture book is part of the First-Time Stories series, which is designed to prepare children for new situations. Amy, a preschooler, doesn't want to move. She waves good-bye to her best friend and to the garden she planted with her dad. Her little brother is excited about the new house, but Amy is lonely and confused ("the furniture stood higgledy-piggledy in the middle of each room . . . no pictures on the walls or curtains on the window"). Then, gradually, she begins to feel better. Her room is put in order ("all her teddy bears in a row on her bed"), she starts a new garden with Dad, and, of course, she makes new friends. The realistic detail in words and sweet, watercolor-washed artwork will encourage kids to talk about the scary upheaval, and about their mixed-up feelings when they have to leave the familiar and find a new home. Hazel Rochman
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About the Author
Heather Maisner has worked as an editor, translator, and teacher and has written over 20 children's books. Her book The Magic Hourglass (Walker) was ALA Recommended.
Kristina Stephenson is an illustrator for children's books and has worked in children's television as a designer, illustrator, and writer for the BBC.