Monday, December 5, 2011

A House in the Woods

A House in the Woods
by Inga Moore
Candlewick, 2011. Unpaged. Picture Book.

When the little pigs' woodsy winter shelters are inadvertently busted up by Bear and Moose, the four animals decide to hire the beavers to build them a house where they can all live together. The beavers are happy to obliged, asking only that their wages be paid in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Working together, the animals build a lovely house. After the beavers' PB&Js have been delivered, the pigs, the bear, and the moose eat supper, clean up, and retire to a well-earned night's sleep in their beautiful new home. Few things appeal to children more than a story where children or animals find their way in out of the cold to a safe, warm home. A House in the Woods is just such a book, in spades, and will make even grownups want to hole up somewhere safe for the winter.

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