We Were Tired of Living in a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen

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Sometimes, living in a house can be tiresome. So these siblings pack a bag and take a hike, to find another place. From a treehouse to a raft, a cave to a sandcastle—each place seems perfect to them. That is, until they tumble out of the treehouse, their raft sinks, they meet the bears who already live in the cave, and the tide turns them out of their sandcastle. Like Goldilocks, these three children search until they finally find the home that's "just right"—the very house they left in the beginning. The house with Mom and Dad! For young children, this lilting, silly book makes for a satisfying read aloud, and the illustrations, with their unusual palette and strong compositions, effortlessly bridge the gap between reality and fantasy.
 

About Liesel Moak Skorpen

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Liesel Moak Skorpen was born in Germany, and came to the United States as a young child. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and went on to attend Wells College and then Yale University. Originally published in 1968, "Outside My Window was her second picture book, and she went on to write many more. Ms. Skorpen lives with her husband in Maine. Joe Cepeda is the bestselling illustrator of Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron and What A Truly Cool World by Julius Lester. He, his wife, and their son live in Southern California. Joe Cepeda es el ilustrador del bestseller Nappy Hair por Carolivia Herron y What A Truly Cool World por Julius Lester. Joe vive en el sur de California con su esposa e hijo.
 
Published May 3, 1999 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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At odds with their mother and father, four raffish youngsters pack their belongings and set up housekeeping successively in a tree (""until we tumbled out""), on a raft on the pond (""until we sank""), in a cave (""until we met the bears""), at the seashore (""but the tides kept washing us out"");

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Skorpen’s small questers find grace notes and pitfalls on their circuit from home to adventure and home again.

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With each move, the children add another item to their bag: in the end their possessions include ""scarlet leaves and gold/ and a frog who was a particular friend/ and precious stones that caught and held the sun,/ and seashells singing the songs of the surf."" The lilting prose and deft repetiti...

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