The Great Blue House

The Great Blue House

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Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005

At the great blue house each day is filled with the special sounds and quick glimpses that tell us over and over that summer is here. The voices of children catching frogs down by the stream and the billowing of clothes on the line layer on top of each other to create a magical sensory experience. The seasons begin to change and the house goes quiet as the family returns to its life elsewhere. But is the house truly empty? Exploring the seemingly vacant space we find all sorts of small dramas being enacted unseen to the human eye. A cat and mouse engage in their eternal game as the winter passes and suddenly the sound of rain pitter pattering reaches us and with it the knowledge that spring has returned. Quietly the cat sleeps and a bird waits. Then, the voices of the children ring out and the cycle has completed itself. This quiet, gentle story reverberates with mystery and the reassurance that nature has a calendar all its own that holds us and connects with us. What a great read aloud. Ages 4-7 40 pages

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