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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 32 pages|
|Other Information: ||colour illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 22 March 1993|
K-Gr 3-- ``My dad and I live in an airport . . . the airport is better than the streets.'' As they did in The Wall (Clarion, 1990), Bunting and Himler successfully present a difficult subject in picture book format. A small child narrates the facts of his homeless existence--sleeping sitting up, washing in the restroom, and above all, avoiding being noticed. The brief text runs through all his emotions from a matter-of-fact acceptance to a fierce longing that makes him angry at those who have homes. Using subdued watercolors, Himler conveys the vast, impersonal spaces through which father and son move. He often places them at the back or edge of the pictures, underscoring their need to go unnoticed. This is a serious story but not an overpoweringly grim one. There is a reassuring togetherness between father and son and although there isn't an easy, happy ending, it does conclude on a poignant yet believable note of hope. Both illustrator and author focus on giving the child's-eye view of the problem, and their skill makes this a first-rate picture book that deserves a place in all collections. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
"A first-rate picture book that deserves a place in all collections. Sure to spark discussion." School Library Journal, Starred
|Publisher: ||Houghton Mifflin (Trade)|
|Dimensions: ||21.03 x 22.56 x 0.3 centimeters (0.25 kg)|