Phillis Gershator







About me



                                    house, new house



illustrated by Katherine Potter

Cavendish 2009
(now Amazon’s imprint:
Two Lions Children’s Books)

From the book jacket:

It’s summer, and a little girl is excited to move into an old country house with a cranberry bog, bullfrog creek, and farm animals that live down the road. But when fall comes, it’s time to pack up and move again—all the way across the country to a new house in a new place with new friends and new adventures. Katherine Potter’s heartfelt illustrations in chalk pastels complement this emotional narrative about moving.

A little about the book:

I moved so many times I lost count! One of my most memorable times took place in my 7th year, when we lived in an old abandoned house in Jeffersonville, NY, on my grandfather’s property. The house had no plumbing, one small electric line, a well, and an outhouse. We cooked on a wood stove and hung sticky fly paper from the ceiling to catch flies. I bathed in a wash tub. There was plenty to explore, including the farm down the road, a working farm owned by friendly people who welcomed a curious new 7 year old neighbor. The time, 1949, could be anytime really, because about 23 years later, I again lived in a house with no running water and a wood stove—and again had to move in the winter! So this book is truly my most autobiographical.

From the reviews:

“Transitioning from one place to another can be difficult, but this charming tale can help ease the angst. This story in rhyme, told in ballad form…, has a calm lilt to the verse. The artwork, rendered in chalk pastels, exudes an aura of childlike innocence from that ‘perfect’ summer. This would be a nice read and discuss tale in the homeschool or classroom setting. … If you are planning a move, this is the perfect book to read to your little ones!”  Feathered Quill Book Reviews.

“After spending the summer in an old country house, a little girl feels bereft when her family moves west to a new house. As the girl and her parents settle into the rural house without plumbing, she revels in the cranberry bog, plays with neighbor kids, picks berries, bathes in a washtub and has the ‘very best summer’ ever. But when summer ends and they leave, she feels sad parting from the old house and her friends. She wonders if she will ever see snow or find a new friend. By describing her feelings of elation and sadness in first-person, past-tense verse, the little girl creates a nostalgic tone that captures her idyllic memories of that perfect summer. Potter’s softly hued chalk-pastel illustrations spread across the pages with elegiac images of the girl drawing well water, lying by the cranberry bog, picking blueberries, washing in a galvanized tub and cavorting with farm animals. The satisfying and simple verbal and visual images sustain summer memories while anticipating life in a new place. (Picture book. 4-8)” Kirkus.