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The Terrible Thing That Happened at Our House Paperback – August, 1983

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (August 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590423711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590423717
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Terrible Thing that Happened at our House was one of my favorites when I was a child. I now teach third grade and read it to my students.
From the eyes of the main character girl, whose name we don't know, we see the changes a family undergoes when mom goes back to work. The children are forced to eat in the school lunchroom which, "smells like fish or frankfurters". Dad takes over cooking dinner and they start eating fine frozen delicacies such as salmon croquettes and meatballs in wine sauce. Everyone gets busier and life becomes more chaotic. No one seems to care, listen, or even pass the milk when you need it. Eventually, after an astonishing blow up, the family works through the problem and finds a workable solution.
This book has simple, yet descriptive, language. It is believably and effectively told through the eyes of a child. The pictures are engaging and amusing. It also offers a valuable lesson in problem solving strategies. Thumbs Up!
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Format: Paperback
The artwork captures my imagination right off and puts me into a sympathetic mood. I found it did the same with my kids and grandkids. Our sweet little girl character has everything going for her -- Mommy who gets her ready for school, is home when school is over, makes lunches and snacks, reads wonderful books. "BUT THEN SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED TO CHANGE ALL THAT!"

How does a family adapt to both parents working? How can the children help out? What changes need to be made for a happy family once again? These lessons in cooperation could help today's families be less hassled.
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Format: Paperback
I grew up with this book and still love to read it! A young elementary school girl tells the story of her stay-at-home mother going back to work as a teacher. The stresses of having two working parents comes out in this story. The mother doesn't seem to have time for the young girl and the father gets wrapped up in all the household duties. A time deprived child learns that talking to her parents about her worries and problems helps to solve issues. Families change and the children have to be accounted for, which is shown in this story.
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I was only 5 when this book came out, I read it many times. As an adult I couldn't remember what it was about until I recieved it and bagan to read it. It brought a smile to my face.
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An absolute must for any mother that has ever had to do the unspeakable to her family-return to work! I have been reading this story literally for two generations, to my kids and now to my grandkids. It is just the best! The kids will probably not get it, but when you are done reading it Moms, you will feel great. Very fun and very funny.
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