Saturday, July 30, 2011

26 Fairmount Avenue

dePaola, T. (1999). 26 Fairmount avenue. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
This book is a 2000 Newbery Honor Book.

Tomie dePaola writes his first chapter book using his childhood memories.  In this book, Tomie shares with the reader all about his family building a new house for them to move into.  Unfortunately, as with anyone building a home, there were problems that kept the family from completing their new home for quite awhile.  I laughed a little when reading about Tomie's dad saying "some bad words" while dealing with the builder.  Tomie's insight into happenings makes for a very entertaining read.  I loved it when he went to kindergarten, walking in all by himself, and asked the teacher when he was going to learn to read.  When she told him that would happen in first grade, he told her he would be back then!  What spunk!  dePaola's love for his extended family can be felt by the reader and makes the stories he tells even more enjoyable.  The illustrations, also done by dePaola, reinforce the story and help develop the characters by aiding the reader in visualizing parts of the story. 

Although I was familiar with this book, I didn't realize it was a series and the beginning of dePaola's writing chapter books.  I really enjoyed the book and would agree that young readers will too!   

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