Homer by Elisha Cooper

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Homer by Elisha Cooper (Greenwillow, 2012) celebrates the peace that comes from the familiar, from home, by focusing on a dog who stays on his porch all day. Other dogs want Homer to come race with them, the children invite him to race on the beach with them, but Homer stays where he is and watches.

It’s a quiet book where not much happens in the illustrations: most of the watercolor-and-pencil pictures feature Homer resting on the porch, watching his loved ones. But Homer lets one reflect on what makes one happy, and sometimes sitting and watching the ones we love is enough.

My 5yo didn’t get that far. His thoughts: “I didn’t like it because Homer didn’t do anything. He kept saying, ‘No.’”

Reviewed on October 12, 2012

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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