The One Day House

by Julia Durango and Bianca Diaz

Young Wilson is full of ideas for ways to help fix his elderly neighbor Gigi’s... read more

Young Wilson is full of ideas for ways to help fix his elderly neighbor Gigi’s house: paint it orange and yellow “like the sun,” fix the windows so they’ll open, build a fence so she can have a dog, repair the steps and the chimney and the roof, plant a garden. He’d even like to fix her piano, “so you can play music again.” Across summer, fall, and winter, he shares his ideas with Gigi and others, from the ice cream man to the librarian to his classroom teacher. Gigi always makes sure Wilson knows he is already gifting her with his presence, and she clearly is not expecting young Wilson’s many ideas to come to anything, but when spring arrives, they do! Wilson’s agency is presented realistically in an engaging picture book showcasing a dreamer and do-er. The satisfying patterned text is set against vibrant multimedia collage illustrations featuring a brown-skinned boy and his diverse, multigenerational neighborhood. Highly Commended, 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Ages 4-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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