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Title: Going Home
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Book Condition: GOOD
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As Hugo looks out his hospital window, he listens to the animal noises that float up from the zoo below. "Come, come home with me," a different wild animal beckons each day. So Hugo puts on his slippers, and suddenly embarks on a series of adventures to faraway lands. Vibrant, rich illustrations enliven this sweet testament to overcoming fear through imagination.From Booklist:
Ages 3-6. Hugo's in a hospital overlooking the zoo. He's feeling better and longs to go home. Meanwhile, he hears the elephant shrieking to him, "Come, come home with me." So Hugo puts on his slippers and rides on the elephant to the African grassland; then a howler monkey takes Hugo to the Amazon jungle; and a snow leopard carries him high into the Himalayas. Each imaginary excursion is rooted in daily life. When his family visits each night, Hugo tells them where he's been: his mother is thrilled for him; his little sister is jealous ("I only went to the park," she says). As always, Wild gets right into the child's world, both the physical and the imaginative. Harris' brightly detailed, dramatic acrylic paintings fuse fantasy and reality in a way that seems totally natural. When Hugo stares out the window, the picture tilts as if he's flying. The wild animals are fiercely realistic, even as they carry the boy in his pajamas to faraway places. This is a fine example of the way picture books today transcend the old stereotypes. The doctor's a woman; the nurse is a man; the happy family is headed by a single parent; the cast is multicultural. Forget sneers of P.C. This is a good story about people like us. Hazel Rochman
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