Perfect Picture Book Friday – Home In The Woods

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to Perfect Picture Book Friday!

I have a wonderful book to share today that I hope you will all really enjoy!

(Also, as a totally unrelated aside, I am hacking my way through working with the new version of wordpress and pretty much have no idea what I’m doing, so I hope everything will look and work the way it’s supposed to!)

Title: Home In The Woods

Written & Illustrated By: Eliza Wheeler

Nancy Paulsen Books, October 2019, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: making the best of things, family, the meaning of home, history (Great Depression)

Opening: “This is my family.
Marv (8), Rich (10), Ray (14), Mum (34), Eva (3 mo), Bea (12), Dal (2), Lowell (4), and me (Marvel, 6)”
Dad lives with the angels now,
and we need to find a new home

text and illustration copyright Eliza Wheeler 2019, Nancy Paulsen Books

Brief Synopsis: After Dad dies during the Great Depression, Marvel, her mum, and her 7 siblings make their way to a new home – a tar paper shack deep in the woods of Wisconsin. At first it doesn’t feel like home, but as the seasons pass, the family starts to see what could be. They find great joy in being together, discovering the blessings of this new place, and slowly the little shack begins to feel like a home – warm, bright, and full of love.

Links To Resources: An author’s note at the end gives the family history that the story is based upon; draw a picture of your family; ask your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to tell you the stories of their childhoods; try writing them down as stories or poems; write your own childhood story 😊

text and illustration copyright Eliza Wheeler 2019, Nancy Paulsen Books
text and illustration copyright Eliza Wheeler 2019, Nancy Paulsen Books

Why I Like This Book: This book is based on the true story of the author’s grandmother’s childhood, and gives a glimpse of some of the challenges faced by families during the Great Depression in a way that is sensitive, loving, and filled with hope. The sense of family comes through so strongly – the way they all pull together to do what they can and make the best of things, from figuring out how to make delicious meals from whatever they could gather to making up their own games and stories in a home where there were no toys or books. The book beautifully illustrates how much can be accomplished with optimism, working together, inventiveness, and a sense of purpose. The text is spare and poetic, and the watercolor illustrations are lovely. An uplifting story all ages will enjoy!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 😊

14 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Home In The Woods

  1. Patricia Tilton says:

    What a beautiful story about families during the Great Depression. I love the gorgeous illustrations. I’m seeing this theme in many books. I just reviewed a MG novel with a similar theme and a family moving to a wooded area and building a home.

  2. Sue Heavenrich says:

    What a marvelous picture book! I haven’t read it, but am going to hunt down a copy. It sounds like a story for our times: how to make our time with family be joy-filled.

  3. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Welcome back! So good to see you here, again! I love this book! I just finished reading a MG about the Dust Bowl midst the Depression. So very moving, with families struggling to survive. This book really shows how kids often take subtle cues on how to persevere and make the best of things, because they are willing to do so.

  4. marty says:

    Susanna, love this sort of story. Ingenuity, perseverance, positivity, family. What a perfect book for children and adults right now. And the illustrations are amazing!
    Thanks for sharing this title. Looks to me like you have the new WordPress figured out perfectly 🙂

  5. seschipper says:

    Susanna, What a perfect start to Perfect Picture Book Friday! Love the concept of family!
    Thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂
    PS looks like you have perfectly mastered WordPress too!

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