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Gemma has always lived in a very nice little house, always slept in the same room and always worn the same clothes. A doll in an old forgotten dollhouse, Gemma wonders if she will ever grow up, but her parents tell her she will always be their little girl. Until one day, the dollhouse is opened by a GIANT, and Gemma’s whole life changes. New things are introduced into the little house — and Gemma finally has an opportunity to leave what’s familiar and see the enormous world beyond.
This book is a great starting point for discussing the big world with your kids and the value of knowing where you come from.
While reading this book, I was immediately reminded of Giants in the Sky from Into the Woods:
And you think of all the things you’ve seen
And you wish that you could live in between
This also has the tone of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Clearly, I find this theme inviting.
Such a sweet story with incredible illustrations.
A benefit of pictures books is discovering new artists. The work of the illustrator, Marie Lafrance, is gorgeous and adds to the wonderful experience of the story.
The Final Verdict
My rating: 4 stars
Would I recommend? Yes
I definitely recommend this book for the art as well as the story!
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