Dad says we have to move. He has a new job. Mom says I'll like my new room. Well, I'm not moving! Change isn't easy for young boys and girls. And when change means moving to a new school, a new house, and away from friends, well that can be downright complicated!
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Mattia Cerato was born in Cuneo, a small town near Turin in northern Italy where he still lives and works. As soon as he could hold a pencil he loved sketching things he saw around him. When he is not drawing, Mattia loves traveling around the world, reading good books, and playing and listening to cool music. Mattia has illustrated many children's books including Let's Bee Friends and the Problem Solved! Readers. See his work online at www.mattiacerato.com.From School Library Journal:
K-Gr 2—This gentle, uncomplicated story explores the challenges of relocating. Although her parents are thrilled about her dad's new job in the city, Keesha refuses to move. She does not want to leave her horse, her school, or her friends, and she worries that they won't wear pink tutus in dance class. Her parents ignore her protests, so Keesha packs her belongings and gets in the car. As the African American family sets out, they ride past the places she loves: the farm, the woods, and the lake. Once they reach the city, the adults try to make her comfortable. Dad lets her paint her new room pink, but "'It's still not home.'" Visiting the zoo and signing up for dance classes fail to cheer her up. Finally, on her first day of school, Keesha makes two new friends who are into horses and the color pink. When they ask if she likes her new home, she looks around her high-tech classroom and replies, "'I think I do now!'" Throughout the narrative, key pieces of dialogue are highlighted in large, colored print, emphasizing Keesha's emotions. The bright, cartoon illustrations show the nervous little girl at home in the country and then in the city where everything is different. The cheerful color palette and smiling faces of her parents, teacher, and new classmates reinforce the idea that everything will be okay in the end for Keesha. For a more atmospheric portrayal of the same situation, try Deborah Underwood's Bad Bye, Good Bye (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston
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