A PLACE FOR BEN by Jeanne Titherington

A PLACE FOR BEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's great to have a place of one's own, but only if it can be shared. Here, Titherington gives us lovely, soft, colored-pencil illustrations of Ben, who is miffed when his baby brother Ezra moves into his room. Ben looks around and finally establishes a private place in the back of the garage. He gathers the things he needs, including a box of cereal, a stool, and some toys, then makes a sign with a big red X. ""It meant: PRIVATE! BEN'S PLACE!"" It's not right, though, and he searches for someone to come visit. When the cat, dog, and his mother and father default, he is pleased to see Ezra come crawling along and invites him in for a bit of play with dinosaur toys. As with Pumpkin Pumpkin, Titherington shows a common learning occurrence in a small child's life, but illuminates it with the soft glow of her incandescent art work. The children are not romanticized, but are normal-looking kids; despite the remarkably clean garage Ben inhabits, children will recognize reality.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1987
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow