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Sarah's Room. Paperback – 1963

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (1963)
  • ASIN: B000OEI5JK
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 10.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,578,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Senk VINE VOICE on April 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Poor Little Jen! She's too little and careless and messy to have a nice room like her big sister Sarah. In fact, she's banned from the room by a lock because she made such a mess out of it. But in a dream, Jen realizes she's grown enough to reach the lock. Later, while awake, she can in fact get inside and plays nicely. When she's discovered, she's praised and she too ends up with a beautiful bedroom of her own.

Maybe it's being a little sister, or perhaps it's Sendak's fantastic artwork or Doris Orgel's sweet rhymes, but this book always intrigued me as a little girl. I identified with Jen and was so happy for her for growing up. I also liked the idea of having a room in such beautiful, Sarah-like shape. Dollhouses all perfectly set up, glass animals on shelves, toys all in their place, wallpaper in pristine condition. I was always a slob and had to share a room, so this was a fantastic fantasy for me.

Children, especially girls, will love this simple and timeless story of sisters and growing up. It's a nice tiny edition that is a lovely gift for a child with a library or book collection. I had searched for it for years and am delighted to have it for my daughter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amber Garcia on January 16, 2002
Format: Library Binding
I read this book as a child and loved it! It's the story of a little girl named Jenny who loves her sister "Sarah's Room".Reading about how she grows and learns in this story touched me so much that even after 20 years it still is my favorite childrens book.I would reccomend this book for any little girl.Praise for Doris Orgel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Russell on October 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, and I eagerly bought a copy when it was reprinted. The little sister has a plain room and yearns to visit her big sister's room, but she's kept out because she always messes it up. One day she reaches the latch and goes in, and her whole family finds out that she hasn't just grown in size, but also in responsibility. The book isn't preachy at all and doesn't use words like caring and responsibility, but that is why the message comes through so clearly and so poetically. Little Jenny imagines a glass cow wants a blade of grass and brings her a thimblefull of fresh grass. Big sister Sarah comes home shocked that her sibling is in her room, but finds the room clean. Jenny can now play in big sister's room anytime.

The story is beautifully written in a rhyming fashion that will appeal to young children, and Sendak's illustrations are, as always, wonderful to look at and also full of expression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on August 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Jen and Sarah are sisters. Jen wants to have a room like her older sister Sarah's. Jen's family thinks that she's too young to care for nice things like dollhouses and wallpaper. One day Jen sneaks into Sarah's room and plays very nicely. Her mother and realize that she is growing up and can take care of nice things. They decide to redo Jen's room!

The book was short but I did like it because it was fun and full of imaganation.

It's great for children of all ages. Especially girls who have sisters. They will be able to relate to the characters in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joana on November 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This sweet little book has been in my house for more than 20 years. After taking it out from the library a few times, I bought one, and then another when the first copy wore out. A favorite read-over-and-over-over for my now-grown daughter and now my granddaughters. I'm so happy to see this timeless classic is back in print!
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