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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
One House for All
by Inese Zandere
Age Range: Under_5
Raven, Crayfish and Horse are all best friends. Now grown up they are ready to have their own families, but are anxious not to be separated. They decide to build a big new house where they and their families can all live together.
‘What will our house look like?’ Raven asks. ‘Let’s design one’, says Horse. Each friend begins to design a house that will best suit him. Crayfish draws a house in the sand on the river bank; he needs a wide door with three claw spans under the water. Horse must have a large, green living room with tasty grass and it needs to be at least three acres, while Raven wants a luxurious bedroom on top of a tree that is three metres tall. The problem is that they all have different ideas of their perfect house so it’s not going to be easy to find a solution.
Latvian author Inese Zandere has created a universal story about the importance of friendship, collaboration and compromise. Translated by Sabīne Ozola and adapted by Lawrence Schimel One House for All is an unusual picture book that embraces difference and learning to co-exist by creating harmony within a world in which they can all share. With its gentle child-like illustrations by Latvian illustrator Juris Petraškevičs, full of vibrant playfulness, this is an enchanting picture book.