MAKING ROOM by Phoebe Koehler


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Age Range: 2 - 7
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 A dog's point of view on an expanding family: first it's a woman, then a cat and a baby. With each new arrival, there are problems and compensations: when the dog's master falls in love, he gives shorter walks, but his new wife's cooking is superior; the dog and cat are both ousted from the bed after the baby comes, but now there are plenty of crumbs on the floor. Koehler's simple text is nicely cadenced and right to the point; her collages of brightly painted tissue, with roughly drawn yet expressive figures snipped from heavier paper, have a dog's-eye view that the artist uses to good advantage in focusing on significant details. The animals make fine nondidactic surrogates for older siblings. An attractive slant on an old story. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: March 31st, 1993
ISBN: 0-02-750875-7
Page count: 48pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1993