The Blue House

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$18.99  $17.66
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
9.2 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.78 pounds

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About the Author
PHOEBE WAHL's work focuses on themes of comfort, nostalgia, and intimacy with nature. She grew up unschooled in Washington State and credits her free-spirited childhood in the Northwest for much of her inspiration and work ethic. She works in a variety of mediums, from watercolor and collage to fabric sculpture. Phoebe graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration and currently lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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Winner of The Horn Book's 2021 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Picture Books of 2020

An NPR Best Book of the Year

PRAISE FOR The Blue House

"Wahl makes both characters distinctive and sympathetic, and devotes loving attention to every spread." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An absolute treasure for anyone who has ever moved." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"An affecting story about loss and starting over." --The Horn Book, starred review

"An emotionally resonant picture book." --Booklist, starred review

"This powerfully relevant, moving portrayal of a loving single-parent family during a period of unexpected change and transition is a must-have." --School Library Journal, starred review

"The Blue House is an immensely satisfying picture book about a family acclimating to a big change." --BookPage

"This is a picture book that rewards repeat readings and will doubtlessly stay in readers' memories." --The Horn Book

"Refreshing. . . . This is a pragmatic alternative to Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House, and kids will be glad to see that Leo and his dad negotiate their changing neighborhood. Make sure audiences get a look at opening and closing endpapers to see where Leo's move took him." --The Bulletin