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Annabelle's big move
Golembe, Carla.
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Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
In two stories, a dog must adjust when her family moves to a new house and she makes new friends on a visit to the beach.
Reading Level:
AD 210 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 31112.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.8 1 Quiz: 31595 Guided reading level: E.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
FICTION Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Annabelle is used to her snowy home. Used to having her blanket by the fireplace and accustomed to having her bowls nearby. But when her family packs up all of their belongings one day, Annabelle's home is about to change forever. With bright, expressive paintings and a simple text, Carla Golembe captures the travails and joys of moving - from a puppy's point of view. A perfect story to share with young movers (and of course with their old and new friends) before and after the big move.

Author Notes

Carla Golembe is the author and illustrator of DOG MAGIC and the award-winning illustrator of five books for children, including WHY THE SKY IS FAR AWAY, which was chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. She and her husband live in Maryland.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-6. Annabelle the dog is confused by the odd behavior of the family she lives with. After they pack away her dog bowls and all the other dishes in the house, strange men come and carry away the furniture. When Annabelle is placed in a crate, which is in turn stowed away in the dark compartment of an airplane, she becomes alarmed. Will she ever see her home and family again? She's returned to her family, of course, but her world has been transformed. An ocean, tropical trees, and warm breezes replace the snowy landscape she has known. And naturally, there are new dogs. In the next part, Annabelle makes new friends on the beach and even learns to swim. The vibrant blend of bright illustrations and winsome text makes this a pleasant portrayal of a common trauma in many children's lives. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-The joys and woes of moving as seen through the eyes of the family dog. In the first part of the story, Annabelle is dismayed to see all of the household belongings packed up and taken away in a moving truck. After a scary trip alone on an airplane, her family meets her and takes her to a house filled with all the things she knows and loves. The second part of the story explores the shyness and loneliness the pup experiences in her new surroundings until she meets some new dogs at the beach. The bold and playful illustrations are rich in detail and work in perfect unison with the text. A bright, upbeat story with an endearing protagonist.-JoAnn Jonas, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.