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Where I Live [Kindle Edition]

Eileen Spinelli , Matt Phelan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Diana loves where she lives. She loves the astronomy charts on her walls and the fact that she can wave to her best friend, Rose, from her very own window. And best of all, a wren has recently made its home right by her front door! When her family is forced to move, Diana wonders if she?ll ever find that same grounded and happy feeling again. This gentle and ultimately redeeming story in poems is about those secure and fulfilling friendships that happen naturally and easily when you live right next door, and the struggles of losing the comfort of a familiar place. Matt Phelan's warm and expressive illustrations perfectly complement Eileen Spinelli's tenderhearted and unique tale that reminds us that sometimes a little uprooting and change is necessary for growth.

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When Dad stops telling jokes and Mom laughs less than usual, grade-schooler Diana worries. Then comes the good news: My parents / are not / getting / a / divorce. The bad news? Dad has lost his job, and the family must move. Told in free-verse, this quiet, polished novella shows Diana's struggle to accept her situation, aided in part by a mind-expanding poetry workshop. Phelan's frequent pencil drawings extend Spinelli's poems with images of an affectionate, concerned family and scenes of joy and sadness shared with best friend Rose, who is African American. In a market crowded with novels-in-verse, this one feels a bit facile, and some readers may wish Rose didn't drop out of the picture so completely once a new friend appears on the scene. Teachers, however, will welcome the poems' imagery and symbolism (like the fledglings nesting in, then departing from, Diana's old front door), and Diana's journey from one comfort zone to another will reassure children anticipating their own mad-sad goodbyes. Mattson, Jennifer

About the Author

Matt Phelan lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3576 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (June 21, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IATDN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotsta get me that purple hat July 1, 2007
Once a children's book author wins the Newbery Medal, their title receives a certain amount of attention, praise, and (in some instances) controversy. We know that this means that future books under that author's name, while not guaranteed to be bestsellers, will still be purchased by a certain segment of the population based on name-recognition alone. How fare the illustrators of Newbery winning books then? In the last 20 years there have only been four medal winners with illustrations (not counting the photographs found in Lincoln: A Photobiography). Some, like Peter Sis, have gone on to fame and fortune. Others, like Eric Beddows, have mostly stayed under the radar. So when I saw that Eileen Spinelli's newest verse novel, "Where I Live", was being illustrated by The Higher Power of Lucky's own Matt Phelan, I didn't know how it would potentially affect book sales. The story in and of itself is a simple one that tries for a pure, straightforward emotional response from its readers. With this in mind, Phelan's illustrations can only cast Spinelli's work in the best possible light. If not a match made in heaven, at the very least what we can define here is a match made under the auspices of particularly beneficent stars.

Right from the start, you know that Diana is living a pretty nice life. She loves her house, with the family of birds living in the wreath hanging from her front door. She loves her best friend Rose and her floppy purple hat. She loves how well she does in school in terms of poetry and she enjoys learning about the stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Books That Heal Kids May 7, 2010
I love this book. Let me say it again - I Love This Book! Times have been tough lately. People are struggling. The ecomony is down. Unemployment rates are up and many of our familes find themselves thrust out of their homes as a result. As a school counselor I observe A LOT of our students have attended different schools and have had to make many moves to new homes. These are the kids who really need us to reach out to them and be compassionate and helpful while they adjust to a new home and school. I really had no idea what sort of reaction I would get from students when I read Where I Live. My hope was it would give students in these hard and often emotionally difficult situations a voice. It's done that and so much more. After I read it to a second grade class, many of them were clamoring around me desperately trying to tell me their story of moving. Some kids moved from another state, some moved from across town, some even moved from another country, and some kids haven't moved at all, but it allowed them to gain a sensitivity towards the other children who have moved. I felt like this book must have been a 'labor of love' for Eileen Spinelli. Because she has given children a beautiful little story written wonderfully in the form of poetry full of precious characters like Twink and Rose. I especially cared for Mrs. Clifford, Diana's teacher, who validated her feelings when she had to move. Sometimes when I read a book, I might have a few kids not paying attention. Not with this read, even the squirliest of the squirelly had their eyes and ears 100% on me. I know Where I Live has done a lot of healing in my school. There are not enough books out there helping kids with a big life transition like moving. So I was grateful for this new find and will continue to use it as a tool to help students experiencing or facing a move.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story written in verse June 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very touching story of a little girl who loves her house, her friend, playing scrabble, writing poetry, and studying the stars.

The story is written as a series of poems, and it is full of emotion. Diana is very sad when her family has to move because her father loses his job. She feels that she is having to say good bye to everything she loves best. Eventually, Diana finds a new friend, and discovers that, even though she will always miss her old life, new adventures are waiting for her in her new home.

Warning: it made me cry
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By S.C.
Awesome book for 6-7 year olds (either gender!!), but most of all: a PERFECT non-picture book for them to get introduced to a story by actually reading and not just looking at pictures. Although there are some illustrations in this book, they are not on every page....and the ones that are in the book are pencil drawings; no color drawings.

I have tried to get my daughter interested in reading actual books, and this is the first one she actually WANTED to read, and I did not have to make her. Very easy reading as there is not a lot of text on ever page, but the text there is easily understood and very engaging.

I would strongly suggest this book for military children as they move every 2-3 years while their parent(s) are active duty. I found this book at a bargain outlet and have so far bought 9 copies (1 for us, the other for gifts). I am for sure putting this author on top for children's books: have a list of others she has written I will buy as well. Excellent read for age 6-7, maybe also for an 8 yr old not steadily reading yet.
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More About the Author

Eileen Spinelli is no stranger to the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie's Masterpiece. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.


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