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