- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (March 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399234799
- ISBN-13: 978-0399234798
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 20 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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I Like Where I Am Hardcover – March 30, 2004
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2--In a rhythmic and rhyming text, a six-year-old expresses his feelings about his family's impending relocation. He likes his neighborhood, his school, and his friends, and has doubts about living in a place called Little Rock. As the movers carry out boxes, he feels powerless to stop them: "And I think (but I'm too scared to say),/Oh, why don't you just go away!/Take your truck and take your Trouble and/Move somebody else!" Finally, his mother senses his unhappiness and takes him on her lap and rocks and sings to him amid all of the chaos. He sheds his tears and is comforted but is still apprehensive. After the move takes place, he discovers that he likes his new environs, but will always keep fond memories of his old home. Harper presents an honest, comforting depiction of what can often be a traumatic event. The text clearly captures a child's view of a world in which the adults are in charge and the youngster feels lost in the shuffle. Karas's realistic and playful illustrations in colored pencil, gouache, and acrylic add depth to the story. The endpapers show cartons with labels such as "magic tricks," "spy stuff," and "comic books." A good choice to initiate a family discussion about moving.--Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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PreS-Gr. 2. Rhyming text describes the traumas a six-year-old faces as his family gets ready for and then completes a move to a new house and town. The theme is familiar, but Karas adds sparkle with deceptively simple, funny pencil-and-watercolor pictures, which feature a baby sister dumping food on her head, a kitten who likes to crawl on boxes, and a pair of massive movers, one of whom sports impressive armloads of tattoos and nearly ends up with a flattened nose when trying to lift a dresser. The focus is on the traumas of the move, but things turn out fine once the family has arrived at the new house, with new friends made and the height charts established on the back of a closet door. Kids facing a move will find Harper's story a reassuring choice, and the humorous illustrations will atttract others as well. Todd Morning
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Top Customer Reviews
I am never a fan of situational kids books -- you're moving so buy a moving book, and this is no exception. Overall, the book is better than average and was worth the library trip. Unless you were moving though, I would have a hard time recommending that you actually purchase it.