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|Mabel and Sam at home|
Author: Urban, Linda
Mabel and her younger brother Sam approach their new home and the trauma of moving by turning it into an adventure, imagining they are sailors approaching a new land, tour guides exploring a museum, and finally astronauts in space.
Booklist (+) (05/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2018 *Starred Review* Mabel and Sam, sister and brother, are in the midst of moving into their new home with their parents, their blue dog, and their yellow cat. The house is in chaos, so the two children go on three escapades to while away the time and to keep out from underfoot. A big empty box and a large blue rug become their ship and ocean (“And that is how Mabel became a Sea Captain”). The two tan-skinned siblings experience an adventure on the high seas until their new home turns, in their imagination, into a museum and Mabel becomes a Tour Guide. One final adventure has the two becoming astronauts and blasting off into space. Vocabulary words new to young listeners, such as ahoy, inhabitants, behold, and artifact, are explained in the dialogue between Mabel and Sam. Humor, camaraderie, and sibling devotion culminate in this charming three-part tale. In her illustrations, Hooper (The Iridescence of Birds, 2014) usestraditional printmaking techniques to illustrate the story, and the color scheme consists mainly of blue, tan, and yellow, with a few red highlights. This highly recommended tribute to the imagination is composed of delightful pictures and three clever and entertaining stories. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.