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Home in the Woods Hardcover – Illustrated, October 1, 2019
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* “Wheeler shares a poignant tale, based on her grandmother's childhood, of a Depression-era family's hard times. . . . Lovely ink-and-watercolor double-page spreads, in somber grays, sunlight yellow, and meadow green, evoke both the period and the family's stark poverty. . . . Delicate visual details abound, from the sparkle of evening raindrops to Mum's side-buttoned apron. Marvel's ruminative narration takes occasional poetic turns. . . . A quietly compelling look at an impoverished family's resourcefulness and resilience.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “This tender tribute avoids sentimentality in favor of honest, child-centered observations. The illustrations . . . cleverly point out details of the family’s surroundings via labels . . . the text’s descriptions are memorably poetic. . . . Wheeler’s precise figure-drawing style captures the difficult aspects of the situation and, using numerous shades of green, brown, blue, and yellow, contrasts them against the beauty and warmth of the natural setting.”—Horn Book, starred review
“Based on the memories of Wheeler’s grandmother, the story follows six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings, and their mother. . . . The family’s ability to make do helps them survive the winter and greet the spring. . . . Wheeler’s story champions initiative, self-reliance, and familial closeness.”—Publishers Weekly
“What do families do when times get tough? They work hard and stick together! That is the main theme of this book, which was inspired by the true story of the author’s grandmother’s childhood. . . . The author/illustrator walks the reader through the seasons and shows how the family comes together not merely to survive but to thrive, all through hard work and an abundance of love. The illustrations, done in beautiful watercolors, support this tender story.”—School Library Connection
“Despite all of the hardships, this family built on love and determination not only survived but also flourished. This book will resonate with readers who enjoy reading about surviving despite adversity. . . . Beautifully written. . . . Overall, it is a marvelous story for a class read-aloud. This is an earnest, upbeat addition for any elementary or juvenile collection. Teachers can use this book to encourage children to tell their own family stories.”—School Library Journal
“The story of making an abandoned place into a home and of the pack of kids working together to create sustenance and fun has Little House on the Prairie/Little Women satisfaction. The line and watercolor art evinces Sophie Blackall’s trim, friendly precision in the figures, and they’re set in a verdant natural world of dappled light, interlacing branches, and elegant (labeled) wildflowers. . . . Appealing to youngsters, and they’ll enjoy imagining themselves putting a household together out of little and romping with a pile of siblings.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
About the Author
- Publisher : Nancy Paulsen Books; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399162909
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399162909
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 690L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.38 x 0.43 x 10.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do love Wheeler's illustrations. I have all the books but one. Which is "Doll Bones".
There are values in this book that need to be revisited by families.