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In Front of My House

by Marianne Dubuc

Hardcover, 120 pages

Published by Kids Can Press (2010-09-01)

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Amazon Description

In Front of My House is a whimsical celebration of a child's imagination and all the places it can travel. This circular story begins and ends in a tidy front yard, but in between takes the reader to mountains and mysterious caves, up to outer space, down into the ocean and beyond. It's a journey as boundless and surprising as young imaginations.

Filled with inventive and delightful twists, this charming story reveals a child's fancy taking flight, showing how imaginative play can begin in a place as mundane as a front yard, reach to the stars, then return back to the same place. Children will recognize a kindred imagination in Marianne Dubuc's joyful illustrations and simple text.

One Potato Review

Ostensibly an exercise in prepositions (”on a little hill, behind a brown fence, under a big oak tree”), except this journey ends up taking you through some pretty surprising crossroads (the belly of a wolf, for one), all the while careening between caves and seas and alien habitats, then back, of course, to home. Even diverting as this proves, the bad news is it’s probably about twice as long as it needs to be. The good news is here are two books for the price, and initiative, of one. Sly and gratifying.

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