House can imply many alternative issues | Leisure

Obviously, the word home often means where someone lives with extended family members. But home can also mean the feeling of comfort and security, be it in a physical location or with a friend who offers the same.

Vernon G. Baker wrote: “Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. At home, the tears of the heart can dry out at their own pace. “

Over the past year we have all spent a lot of time at home and nowhere near as much time as we would have liked with our friends. Hopefully this has given all of us time to reflect on what home means to us, to value our friendships, and to be grateful for how lucky we are, despite the difficulties we have faced.

Books to borrow

The following book is available in many public libraries.

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” by Patricia MacLachlan, Harper & Row, 58 pages

Reading: 8 years and older.

Read for yourself: 10 years and older.

Caleb and Anna’s mother died the day after Caleb was born. When mom was alive, her home on the prairie was always full of songs and happy times. There haven’t been any songs since she left. Papa doesn’t even sing anymore.

Papa places an ad in an east coast newspaper for a woman. He receives an answer from Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton of Maine. They each send letters and learn from each other. After a few correspondence, Sarah decides to come for a month: “Just to see.”

Caleb verbalizes what all three want to know: “Will she like us? Is our house too small? Will she be nice? Is she singing? “

The answers to these and many questions are discovered when Sarah, Papa, Anna and Caleb tenderly and sometimes painfully establish the early roots of their relationship.

The critical and most difficult question, however, remains: “Will she stay?”

Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newberry Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature, will undoubtedly win hearts young and old.

Choice of librarian

Library: Reading Public Library, 100 S. Fifth St., Reading

Executive Library Director: Bronwen Gamble

Childcare supervisor: Nancy Maurer

Youth Services Supervisor: Ashly Roman

Pick this week: “Tar Beach” by Faith Ringgold; “Living in Space” by Kathryn Clay; “Goin ‘Someplace Special” by Patricia McKissack

Books to buy

The following books are available from favorite bookstores.

“Perdu” written and illustrated by Richard Jones, Peachtree, 2021, 32 pages, $ 17.99 hardcover

Reading: 4 – 8 years.

Read for yourself: Age 7-8.

Perdu was a lost little dog who had no place to call home and no one to love him. His only possession was an old red scarf that did little to keep him warm or protect him from the rain. As Perdu continued walking through fields and forests, he finally came to a busy city, where Perdu noted precisely that “… the city is a big place when you are very small”.

Perdu’s constant thought was that he had to find out where he belonged. Just when everyone around him seemed to have their own place in the world, Perdu was looking for his own. Surely there was someone who needed a friend as much as Perdu did.

“Perdu” is utterly charming in its text and illustrations and a warm, loving and encouraging story about friendship, hope and finding a home when you least expect it.

“The House of Grass and Heaven,” by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by EB Goodale, Candlewick, 2021, 32 pages, $ 17.99 hardcover

Read aloud: Ages 5 – 8.

Read for yourself: Age 7-8.

Many years ago a family built a house in the country where there was plenty of land to explore, play and live wonderfully together. Many other families came and went over time, and the house was happy with the laughter of the children and the family who loved each other and their home.

One day when one family was leaving, another did not come to take their place. Several families came to look, but each found something wrong with the house and left. The house was lonely and longed for what it had experienced – the wonderful smells from the kitchen and a family who loved their home.

While waiting for several seasons, the house fell into disrepair and another family came to take a look. Could it be you who will fill the house with love and new memories again?

“The House of Grass and Sky” is charming and full of good feelings for home and a house that longs for a family. It’s a thoughtful tribute to what home really means.

Kendal Rautzhan writes and gives lectures on children’s literature. She can be reached at