The Best Place by Susan Meddaugh

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The old wolf likes his house. He likes his neighbors. But he loves his screened in porch. From there he can watch the beautiful sunset. He can be outside when it rains and never get wet. The mosquitoes can't bite him on his screened in porch, and even on the hottest summer nights there is always a breeze. The wolf thinks his porch is the best place in the world until one day his friend Bird says, "How do you know? You've never been anyplace else." This question inspires the wolf to sell his house and travel the world. Eventually his journey brings him back home, but he is unable to get his house back. Upset, he behaves very badly, and even his good intentions get him into trouble. But in the end he understands that sometimes when you can't get what you want, you find something even better.
 

About Susan Meddaugh

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Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for GOOD STONES (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including MARTHA SPEAKS, which was chosen as a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book for 1992. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.
 
Published October 25, 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The wolf dearly loves his cozy screened-in sanctuary, but a seed of doubt planted by his friend, a bird who has seen more of the world, leads him to sell his house, pack his bags, and go searching for an even more idyllic spot.

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"An old wolf gains a new perspective—literally—in this clever picture book about attitude," wrote PW .

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my screen porch is the best place in the whole world!"" But when a well-traveled bird suggests that the wolf just doesn't know any better (""You've never been anyplace else,"" he points out), the wolf begins to have doubts.

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