SOFT HOUSE by Jane Yolen


Age Range: 4 - 8
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Who better to illustrate a tale with this title than Halperin? Furthermore, Yolen tells it as sweet as summer rain, and as directly, in this beguiling package. A small boy and his older sister are out of sorts on a rainy day. Alison Isabelle suggests Davey’s favorite game, to build a nest of pillows and blankets they call Soft House. But Alison hates to go up the dark stairway alone to fetch supplies. Davey takes Mr. Cat and makes the trip, even though Alison has to go after them when they take too long. So they make the house, with a flashlight for illumination and a plate of cookies from Mama. Halperin plays her usual beautiful game of pretty pattern and gentle but never wimpy color: sometimes in full-spread, beautifully detailed pencil and watercolor, sometimes in multiple panels like graphic novels or altarpieces. Not only excellent for sharing such a construction with a whole reading audience, but for its sly lesson about how “you can’t be scared when you have a little brother to take care of.” (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-1697-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2005


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