Perfect Picture Book Friday – The One Day House

Hurray! Perfect Picture Book Friday is here again!

I love seeing what everyone has to share each week – so many fantastic books out there for kids to enjoy and for writers to learn from!

I found a wonderful book this week that I hope everyone will find inspiring!

Title: The One Day House

Written By: Julia Durango

Illustrated By: Bianca Diaz

Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2017, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: kindness, community, helping others

text copyright Julia Durango 2017, illustration copyright Bianca Diaz 2017, Charlesbridge Publishing

Opening: “‘One day,’ said Wilson, ‘I will paint your house orange and yellow like the sun.’
Gigi smiled. ‘I will like that. But today, you are all the sunshine I need,’ she said.”

Brief Synopsis: Gigi’s house needs fixing up, and Wilson wants to help make it cozy, safe, and beautiful – a nice place for his beloved grandmother to live. But he can’t do it alone.

text copyright Julia Durango 2017, illustration copyright Bianca Diaz 2017, Charlesbridge Publishing

Links To Resources: the back of the book has an Author’s Note about ways to help in your community including Labor of Love, Habitat For Humanity, and United Way, encouraging children who want to do something to reach out and find things that they can do, from smiling or saying hello to helping repair someone’s home; Little Ways Kids Can Make A Big Difference In Their Community; 10 Fun Community Giving Ideas (includes both “kitchen table” suggestions and “out in the community”)

text copyright Julia Durango 2017, illustration copyright Bianca Diaz 2017, Charlesbridge Publishing

Why I Like This Book: This story is lovely on so many levels. Wilson has a loving and generous heart and wants so much to make his Gigi’s home a better place for her to live, from painting it a cheerful color, to keeping her safe and warm, to making sure she can have a friend, and beauty, and music. He doesn’t let the fact that he is one young boy get in the way of his plans. A poster for “Build Up Neighbors” catches his eye and he gets him thinking. Gigi, meanwhile, is ever appreciative of Wilson’s ideas, but always grateful for what she has, never expressing any kind of dissatisfaction. I like that idea, she always says, but always follows it with, you are all the sunshine, or company, or warmth I need. Wilson shares his ideas with other members of the community – the ice cream man, passing neighbors, the librarian etc. – and they are all encouraging and supportive. No one tells him it’s too much for a boy to do. The art is warm and engaging, and includes such things as Wilson’s calculations for boards and nails needed, a diagram for how he thinks he can clean out the chimney, and what he’ll need to tune the piano. And of course he gets a stack of books from the library to aid his research. When Wilson is finally able to follow through with his plans, all the people from earlier in the book are present. This is a real feel-good story that showcases all the best things about people and community, and that models the concept that even little kids can do a lot to help out. A treasure for home, classroom, or library, and an empowering story kids will enjoy!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊

8 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – The One Day House

  1. Patricia Tilton says:

    What a lovely story about Wilson’s love for his grandmother, community and helping. Great links to share with kids at a young age. Never too early to introduce them to helping others. Lovely illustrations.

  2. Sue Heavenrich says:

    I needed to read about this wonderful book today! Something bright, and warm, and filled with love for this gray winter day. Thanks!

  3. palpbkids says:

    This would certainly lend itself to a lovely teaching unit for school. Kids naturally want to help, to make a difference and what a great book to show them they can! Thank you, Susannah!

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