Thursday, August 5, 2021

"Goodbye Old House" - a bookwrap


 (STORY LAB - Read Aloud)


Goodbye Old House 

by Margaret Wild 
Illustrated by Ann James


* Ages:  3-6
* Grade Level:  PS+
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Blue Dot Kids Press
* Pub. Date:  Sept. 24, 2021
* Language:  English 

Editorial Reviews

“Ann James’ painted illustration gives warmth and neutrality to the places, meaning that readers can impose their own familiar ideas about home onto them, contrasted with the dynamic black-and-white depictions of the little girl, who is all action and movement. Simple and effective.”Book Trust

“Moving house can be fun and not scary with the right attitude… Striking [and] pleasing… would…soothe a child anxious about a potentially traumatic experience.”Kirkus Reviews

“Margaret Wild's minimal text combined with Ann James' muted story-telling illustrations leave plenty of room for the reader's imaginations. This heart-warming book offers a great starting point for opening up discussion about change ...”Red Reading Hub

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book  

This is a sweet story about a little girl who is in transition.  She is leaving her old house and moving into a brand new one.  She takes the reader on a tour of her old home and says goodbye to her familiar surroundings: the river where she fishes, the forest she runs through, the pony that she pets daily, an old gate that she loves to swing on and her cozy fire place where she dreams and imagines, just to name a few.     

 As she bids her old home adieu she excitedly says bonjour to her new life and the brand new adventures that are before her.  This book is a wonderful conversation starter when kids are in the position of moving on in their life.  The illustrations are delightful, whimsical and engaging.  The book is printed on FSC-certified paper with vegetable inks.  I recommend this book.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Margaret Wild is one of Australia’s best-known and best-loved authors for young people. She has published over seventy picture books for young children. In 2020, Wild was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Ann James was a secondary art teacher before she took up children’s book illustration over twenty years ago. In her long career, James has illustrated over sixty books. In 2020, she was nominated as Australian Illustrator for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

About the Illustrator

Ann James is an award-winning illustrator of over 60 children’s books. She particularly loves illustrating picture books and texts for young children. She works in a variety of mediums including pen and ink, watercolour, soft pastels, charcoal and collage. Ann, with partner Ann Haddon, established Books Illustrated in 1988. This gallery for book illustration focuses on creating exhibitions promoting Australian picture books and their creators that travel throughout Australia and overseas, most recently in Italy, China and Korea. Together in 2000 they were awarded the Pixie O’Harris Award for Distinguished service to Australian Children’s Literature. In 2003 Ann received the Dromkeen Medal awarded annually to an Australian citizen for work that ‘makes a significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children’s literature.’ She lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. The Butterfly, shortlisted for the 1997 NSW Premier’s Award, is her first book with Walker Books.

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