A place to call home by Alexis Deacon illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
This book is all about your point of view. Depending on your location, your size and your experience you will see the world in a certain way.
If you are talking with children about visual literacy this is a perfect book. The reader peeps through a large hole on the cover looking at seven hamster like creatures who have been living in a small dark hole. All is going well until the day arrives when the hole becomes too small and so the family have to set off to find a new home.
Using speech bubbles we follow their journey across a treacherous landscape which is actually a junk yard complete with large guard dog. Of course this is not the view seen by our tiny friends. To them a large puddle seems as wide as the sea, an old set of drawers are a mountain and a patch of sand must be the desert.
The final page where they discover an even bigger world is simply spectacular. Here is areview. Here is the web sitefor the illustrator. Look for her other books in our school library they are very special.
This book is a joyous romp from front to back. Go into your library and grab it today.
I have worked as a Primary School Teacher-Librarian since 1985. I am passionate about matching young readers with books. I love to read and hope to use my blog to share some of my most favourite titles and new discoveries. Momo is the name of a book by Michael Ende. You may know him from The Neverending Story. Momo is a allegory about time. We all need to make time for reading.