Home Is a Window

illus. by Chris Sasaki. 40p. Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks. Apr. 2019. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823441563.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 2—Home can be many things—a window, a doorway, a rug, or one more game of hide-and-seek before bath. Home is a book before you fall asleep, a little bit of green, a special corner, and a cozy chair. Perhaps even more so, home is safe and warm, and what feels the same each day. But sometimes things change, and when a familiar home is left behind, a family soon discovers that a new house in a new place can also become a home. In this new space, home is a window, sunlight, a corner for your toys, and, most important, "the people gathered near" who, after all, are what make any house a home. The latest picture book by Ledyard, author of the critically acclaimed Pie Is for Sharing, is beautifully illustrated by Pixar animator Sasaki. Ledyard's sweet text describing home pairs seamlessly with Sasaki's rich and detailed illustrations, which further show all that home can be. This heartwarming story about family and moving will show readers the true meaning of home: the people you share it with.
VERDICT A poignant tale sure to help many children deal with the change that moving brings, but recommended for all.

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