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Soft House Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 9, 2005

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PreS-K. Quietly transcendent moments are at the heart of many of Yolen's picture books, and scenes of cozy domesticity are Halperin's stock-in-trade. These inclinations dovetail in the writer and illustrator's first joint project, about a sister and her younger brother passing the time--first irritably, later in harmony--on a rainy day. Salvaging the afternoon is a game of "soft house," the siblings' term for building a private hideaway with chairs, cushions, and blankets. Yolen's text never quite achieves enough dramatic interest, despite a subplot involving a scary attic where the blankets are stored. But siblings will recognize the dynamic between brother and sister, and all children will relate to the thrill of creating a nook all their own. Leave time for lingering over Halperin's delicate pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. Embellished with quilt-fabric patterns and panels suggestive of stained-glass windows, they radiate nostalgia for an era when "home entertainment" was a do-it-yourself concept. For another book about creative play, look to Holly Meade's Inside, Inside, Inside! (2005). Jennifer Mattson
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Jane Yolen’s charming, universal tale about keeping boredom at bay on a rainy day is paired with richly detailed illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763616974
  • ASIN: B000V4R1M0
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,964,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Isabelle Jolly VINE VOICE on April 27, 2008
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This is a charming book. It shows kids that they can do things for themselves. (I don't know about the parent who has to put up with it!) Very nice.
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