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I WANT TO GO HOME by Alice McLerran


by Alice McLerran & illustrated by Jill Kastner

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: May 22nd, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-10144-5
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

 Marta has been wanting a cat, but Sammy--whose old owners couldn't keep him--doesn't like their new home any better than she does: While Marta objects to the ugly wallpaper, Sammy hides and doesn't even come out to eat. Eventually, the two begin a tentative friendship that warms until both have accepted the new house. McLerran paces her story expertly, capturing the drama of the homely accommodation; Kastner's drab palette epitomizes the unfamiliar feeling of new surroundings, while her characters (especially the frightened cat) reveal their feelings in sensitively observed expressions. Large format makes this pleasant story particularly appropriate for groups. (Picture book. 4-8)