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THE PINK HOUSE AT THE SEASHORE by Deborah Blumenthal

THE PINK HOUSE AT THE SEASHORE

By Deborah Blumenthal (Author) , Doug Chayka (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: June 27th, 2005
ISBN: 0-618-37886-3
Publisher: Clarion

In the aftermath of a hurricane, a family returns to the site of its seashore vacation cottage to find “a world shaken, / turned upside down, / inside out.” The small house that has been in the family for generations is now “only broken boards / and splinters of pink wood.” The children search in the sand “for pieces of a lost time.” The spare language, set in short, uneven lines, captures the shock, the sense of loss and the grief experienced by the family, as well as the sense of freedom that comes from creating something new. The family spends the next summer in a red tent upon which they paint blue shutters, a structure the children imagine is many things—a hospital, the Big Top and a base camp in Antarctica. Upon returning home, the children take their “make-believe house” with them, setting it up in the living room, where they “dream about summers to come.” Chayka’s broadly executed, colorful gouache illustrations effectively express the poignant mood of this lovingly told story that will resonate for anyone who has suffered a life-transforming loss. (Picture book. 6-10)