Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lawn to Lawn by Dan Yaccarino

Betty, Flo, Norm and Jack are lawn ornaments. They live in Pearl’s yard. But when Pearl’s family moves away, they forget to take the lawn ornaments with them. The four friends set out on a journey to the new yard, but they will have to be one step ahead of the trash collector in order to get there safely.

This is a great spin on the story of ‘inanimate objects that come to life.’ The colours and imagery are playful. I loved the way that the ornaments used the secret lawn/statue community to gather information. Looking at Pearl’s old house and her new house, I wondered if Pearl’s parents had maybe ‘forgotten’ the ornaments on purpose, and what it might say about outward displays of economic classes. It’s a fun book that I think children could really respond to.

Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
The Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
The Boys by Jeff Newman
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Savvy by Ingrid Law

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