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Home in the woods

by Wheeler, Eliza,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 12 copies
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This stunningly beautiful picture book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Eliza Wheeler is based on her grandmother's childhood and pays homage to a family's fortitude as they discover the meaning of home.

Eliza Wheeler's gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of what happens when six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings, and their mom must start all over again after their father has died. Deep in the woods of Wisconsin they find a tar-paper shack. It doesn't seem like much of a home, but they soon start seeing what it could be. During their first year it's a struggle to maintain the shack and make sure they have enough to eat. But each season also brings its own delights and blessings--and the children always find a way to have fun. Most importantly, the family finds immense joy in being together, surrounded by nature. And slowly, their little shack starts feeling like a true home--warm, bright, and filled up with love.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This book opens on an image of eight children of varying ages, formally positioned around their mother for a family photo in the woods. Labeled with everyone's name and age, the painting conveys everything about their situation: no father is present, household goods are piled around them, and the two oldest children lay protective hands on their mother's shoulders. From there, the story is told from six-year-old Marvel's perspective. Following her father's death, the family has become homeless, and having few options in 1932 Wisconsin, they set out to make a home of a deserted tar-paper shack in the woods. Together, the family survives as the seasons pass, until springtime brings new hope with Marvel able to view their shack through the same loving eyes with which she sees her family. Wheeler's evocative full-bleed illustrations, rendered with dip pens, india ink, and watercolor, draw readers completely into each page, creating a sense of personal involvement. The detailed imagery allows for the incredible efficiency of her poetic prose, which always finds the right note, striking a careful balance between melancholy and hope as the family rebuilds its life. Based on the childhood of Wheeler's grandmother, the story feels warm without being sappy or overly nostalgic, successfully making a bygone era meaningful today. Pair with Sarah Stewart's The Gardener (1997) for Depression-era interest.--Lucinda Whitehurst Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Somber artwork by Wheeler (When You Are Brave) sets the tone for the opening of her Depression-era tale of a family forced to start over. Based on the memories of Wheeler's grandmother, the story follows six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings, and their mother as they strike out into the forest, lugging bedding trussed up with rope and pushing a wheelbarrow full of pots and pans. "Dad lives with the angels now," Marvel begins, "and we need to find a new home." The tiny, ramshackle dwelling they spy in the woods looks forbidding, but there's a pump in the cellar and good soil for planting, all captured in delicate illustrations. Brighter hues start to creep into the spreads as the family settles in, discovers berries growing nearby, and harvests the garden ("Some treasures take a little time"). When the "marvelous things" at the general store prove too expensive, the children set up a play shop of their own, making sweets of mud and money of leaves. The family's ability to make do helps them survive the winter and greet the spring. With the lure of an old-fashioned shipwreck narrative, Wheeler's story champions initiative, self-reliance, and familial closeness. Ages 5--8. Agent: Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Poverty -- Juvenile fiction.
Single-parent families -- Juvenile fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Juvenile fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Poverty -- Fiction.
Single-parent families -- Fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- 1919-1933 -- Juvenile fiction.
United States -- History -- 1919-1933 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
ISBN 9780399162909
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