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We're Moving (First-Time Stories) Paperback – November 11, 2004


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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: First-Time Stories
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (November 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753457393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753457399
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on January 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Amy is the main character in the story. Her family is moving way. She doesn't want to leave her house, her garden and he friends. She is sad when she first moves to her new home. Soon she starts to like to her new home. She meets new friends and she and her dad plan a new flower garden.

The book has characters that young children could relate to. If kids ever had to move they would be able to understand Amy's feelings.

I would recommend this to families who might be moving soon. They can read this book and discuss the way their child feels about the move.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By gazould on February 22, 2012
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I hate children's books that assume the child will have a hard time with the new situation. That's exactly what this one does--it lays out all the negatives of moving and everything that could go wrong, before coming to a somewhat positive conclusion. The Usborne Moving House (Usborne First Experiences) book is much better for preparing a young child for a move, in my opinion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Burden on September 17, 2008
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I bought this for my daughter when we were getting ready to move. It was very helpful since it brought up some items that I would not have thought about discussing otherwise (i.e. furniture not in place on arrival, etc.) We have been in our new home for well over a year now and my daughter still pulls out this book to be read at least once a month.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Duncan on December 4, 2012
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This book was ok, I was trying to prepare my toddler for a move, but the characters are so sad in the book that I ended up modifying it when I read it. I didn't want to introduce lots of different reasons for him to be sad when he didn't even think about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Robinson on May 11, 2009
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This book helped my 7 year old get over the fear of making new friends once we move.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CS on May 10, 2009
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Good book for 5+ year olds. Really emphasizes the "getting all your stuff on the other end" idea. Difficult for us because our stuff is in storage while we move internationally.
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