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The Ramble Shamble Children by Christina Soontornvat
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The Ramble Shamble Children by Christina Soontornvat
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Mar 09, 2021 | ISBN 9780399176326

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* “Sweet-tempered writing by Soontornvat and affectionate spreads by Caldecott Honoree Castillo make it clear that the ramble shamble house, with no parents in sight, is perfect the way it is. Looking after the garden and the chickens is hard work, but the children are free to make their own decisions, and to change their minds, too. The underlying Pippi Longstocking–style setting—children living and thriving together—could easily sustain further episodes.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “No need to ‘proper up’ anything about this winning title. Soontornvat and Castillo have produced a charming tale of ‘ramble shamble’ delightfulness. . . . Castillo’s illustrations, done with ink drawings digitally combined with Gelli monoprints, radiate light, warmth, and coziness. The story elements are perfectly balanced and the sense of community and family makes this a very satisfying book to share. Children love the idea of living on their own independent of adults and this book celebrates that desire with a masterful blend of illustration and story.”—School Library Journal, starred review

* “From [the] first welcoming sentence we know we’re in classic picture book territory—words and rhythms that taste just right and the ever-appealing theme of children in charge, with no adults on the scene. . . . [A] comfortable, chaotic, creative world. The joyful energy of this simple story is amplified by glowing pictures showing a multiethnic group of sturdy children against impressionistic, light-infused backgrounds of mountain, meadow, and mud.”—Horn Book, starred review

“Charmingly illustrated in Castillo’s signature style. . . . Soontornvat’s complete lack of exposition, with no explanation of how five diverse children came to live this way, lends the story a classic, old-time–y feel that allows readers to focus on more important things: what it means to contribute to the well-being of others, what makes a family, and what love looks like. Hint: It doesn’t look like diamond chandeliers. Readers will surely want to join this sweet family.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A fairy-tale-like setting amid remote mountains and trees. . . . The spectacle of young children living independently from adults will fire up young readers’ imaginations, and the illustrations, with bold colors and sunshine-filled landscapes, will only fuel that fire.”—Booklist

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