55 WAVERLY STREET by Thom Black


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Age Range: 7 - 9
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 In this arch and oddly phrased allegory, a child joins other neighborhood children slipping through gaps in a hedge around the yard of a mysterious old house ``to do what they do, do, do''--in his case fix plants, by repotting them. He forgets about the house as he grows, until years later, a weary old man, he takes a hand held out to him through the hedge and finds himself a child again. In Chambers's drawings he is accompanied by a bouncy dog (which he ignores, and ultimately abandons) and a small wagon, full of planting supplies when he's young and bags of money later. In the end, remembering a companion of his youth, he leaves that idyllic place--ostensibly momentarily--to fetch her. Since the symbolism isn't exactly clear or compelling, children may identify more with the dog, always an outsider looking in, than the boy. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-310-20792-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Zondervan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1998