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From Publishers Weekly Images from several of Thompson's calendars are paired here with brief quotations from children about the meaning of home. The result is an often visually interesting but uncohesive work. The paintings combine sharp-edged realism with surreal details: houses grow from trees or out of chairs or bathtubs; interiors flow seamlessly into exteriors; cats are larger than cars. They are provocative but not strongly narrative images, and the quotations that accompany them, which express genuine but generally unremarkable, even trite, sentiments ('Home means where you grow up'), do not extend them in any meaningful way. In fact, text and art often seem only very generally related; and the disjunction between the ordinary emotions and the sometimes quite bizarre images proves jarring. Although Thompson's pictures can be intriguing to contemplate singly, the attempt to weave them together into a larger whole--with the thinnest of texts as connnecting thread--seems misguided and ultimately fails. Ages 4-7. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Thompson combines colorful paintings of whimsical houses with children's definitions of what home means to them. The illustrations are attractive (especially the cover), and although there are few human figures shown, all the homes look lived in, whether part of a tree, built into a wall, or part of a comfortable easy chair. The students' quotes are charming and thought-provoking: 'I like home, it is where you grow,' 'What I really like about home is that it will always be there and never go away,' 'Home is my parents. You should have love in all homes,' 'Home is a place where you can be free.' This is reminiscent of Ruth Krauss's A Hole Is to Dig (HarperCollins, 1952) but without as much variety. Unfortunately, there is no connection between the pictures and the text except the theme. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CACopyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews