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Author: Alex T Smith

Illustrator: Alex T. Smith

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Publisher: Tiger Tales,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Four friends (a dear, a bear, a rabbit and a badger) share a house. They loved their house, but they wanted to move someplace else. One wanted to be a pirate. Two wants to live in the mountains and yodel. Three wanted to hunt for treasure in caves. Four wanted to move to the city. And each one wanted to take the house with them. But since that wouldn't work, each one took just one piece. They went their separate ways to pursue their dream, only to discover that their house was just not the same. This picture book introduces the idea of a home (vs. just a house), cooperation, and friendship.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read.

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 10; read yourself: 6 and up

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter and her grandmother shared this book and they were BOTH talking about it (excitedly I might add) the next day. They loved the concept and the illustrations of the animal's experiences.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a wonderful book. I can see why they liked it. I would have thought it would be "too young" for my pre-teen, but obviously not.

Pros: Friendship, family, and what makes a house a home are central to this lovely, simply presented story. This is a book intended for parents to read with their children, but the simplicity of the vocabulary and repetition make it a nice choice for a developing reader, too.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that you'll love to share with your kids and they'll remember as "comfort food" on days when a friend hurts their feelings.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE RAINY DAY   THE SEVEN CHINESE SISTERS   CHRISSIE'S SHELL

Educational Themes: This is a cozy-up-together book. There are themes of family/friendship, getting along, compromise, dreams, and creative problem solving to name a few.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010

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