Who’s House?Stina Wirsén
The friends all live in the same apartment block. That’s nice because they can see each other every day and it’s easy to get to each other’s home. But who lives where?
The book is made from sturdy cardboard with delightful illustrations. There is a flap that can be turned down into a little stage so that the book stands firmly and supports the accompanying paper figures. This is an interactive “at home with” tale in 3D form. After reading the story, the different homes of the cardboard character figures can be used for playing.
Sold in over a million copies in Sweden alone, Stina Wirsén’s Who series deals with important and difficult topics with impressive simplicity and commitment for both young and old. With sensitivity and a genuine interest for the child’s perspective, Wirsén is masterful at finding the conflict and drama in everyday situations and guiding both the child and parent through all of life’s big emotions.
The stories are seemingly straight-forward, but never one to shy away from the complexity of life, the Who series tackles questions of grief, frustration, jealousy, loneliness, excitement, and joy, always written with warmth and humour. A Swedish Modern Family for children, the family constellations are a reflection of our time, with single mothers and fathers, stepparents, nuclear families and families of two moms or dads. Wirsén is known and beloved for writing the world as it is, rather than how we wish it would be, perfectly suited for the age group without sugar-coating reality.
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