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A family learns what home really means, as they leave one beloved residence and make a new home in another.
A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Home can be many things--a window, a doorway, a rug . . . or a hug. At home, everything always feels the same: comfortable and safe.
But sometimes things change, and a home must be left behind.
Follow a family as they move out of their beloved, familiar house and learn that they can bring everything they love about their old home to the new one, because they still have each other. This heartfelt picture book by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard is richly illustrated by former Pixar animator Chris Sasaki.
A BookPage Best Book of the Year
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year
About the Author
Stephanie Parsley Ledyard is a writer, poet, and teacher. She received an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Stephanie's first picture book, Pie Is for Sharing, illustrated by Jason Chin, was published in 2018 to wide acclaim, receiving four starred reviews. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her family. You can find her online at stephanieledyard.com
Chris Sasaki is an illustrator and art director living in Oakland, California. Formerly, he worked at Pixar, where he did character design on Monsters University and Inside Out. Chris was also the production designer for the Oscar-nominated short film Weekends. His illustrations for Julie Leung's Paper Son won the Dilys Evans Founder Award, celebrating the year's most promising new talent. Chris has worked for animation studios like Jim Henson, Laika, and Tonko House, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and the Society of Illustrators annual. Visit his website at csasaki.com
★ "Ledyard offers a meditation of sorts on the sense of comfort and belonging that home should evoke, whether it’s a place we know well or a new home to which we’ve just moved. . . . With a style that recalls the work of Jon Klassen and Christian Robinson (while still his own), Sasaki offers a rich interpretation of Ledyard’s spare, poetic text." —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review
"Ledyard's ('Pie Is for Sharing') words hit every right note; Sasaki's illustrations are earthy and enchanting."—The New York Times Book Review
"Ledyard’s extemporaneous text leaves wide berth for kids to amplify and personalize the story—as does Sasaki’s whimsical, tranquil digital art, which features an amalgam of patterns and geometric shapes. Emphasizing the comfort of the familiar and the promise of new beginnings, this book provides a conversation prompt for families making a move."—Publishers Weekly
"In gentle, rhythmic prose, Ledyard describes home in myriad ways . . . Sasaki's rough-hewn illustrations in pencil and marker are cleverly backgrounded with white (to provide focus) and dark space (to evoke melancholy). And his earth-toned, muted palette pairs beautifully with Ledyard's spare text and the story's slow, languid pace. . . . This sweet, emotionally perceptive book will help make any transition from old to new less scary."—Kirkus Reviews
"This heartwarming story about family and moving will show readers the true meaning of home: the people you share it with. A poignant tale sure to help many children deal with the change that moving brings, but recommended for all."—School Library Journal