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Let's Go Home: The Wonderful Things About a House

Let's Go Home: The Wonderful Things About a House

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:   Wendy Anderson Halperin 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 8
Simon and Schuster, 2005   ISBN: 1416908390

A home is not just a building that we live in. It is a place where we get together with family and friends, where we find a refuge from the world when we are tired or upset. It is a place where we collect our memories and where we weave our dreams.

Let us visit some houses, sharing in the joys that each room gives to those who live and visit there. We begin on the porch and then we walk from room to room. We sit on the sofa in sitting room and have a bite to eat at the large kitchen table. We enjoy a long bubbly bath in the bathroom, and take a nap in the bedroom. Finally we go exploring in the attic amongst all the treasures and memories that are stored up there. Each room has its own atmosphere and each one gives pleasure and comfort in its own special way.

This beautifully presented book captures the essence of what a happy home can be like. Cunning, richly detailed illustrations in warm colors fill the pages, giving younger readers plenty to look at. Cynthia Rylant and Wendy Anderson Halperin have once again created a picture book that gives the reader a sense of comfort, peace and happiness.