Kids' book logs memories of the house left behind; Goodbye, House, by Ann Banks and Nancy Evans. New York: Harmony Books. $4.95.
It's all too easy to pack up the boxes and move out of a house before you get a chance to take one last look. "Goodbye, House" offers children (or adults!) a chance to retain the memories of a well-loved abode.
This book, aimed at children six through 12 years old, is an activity book that let kids draw, paste in pictures, write down feelings, and do projects. Written in an easy to understand but not condescending style, it helps children through a move by touching on topics they may have been wondering about themselves.
This is a positive book. Children can write down favorite memories of their old house: What idd they most like to in winter? Where is their favorite place to play?
One page is for "special friends." There are spaces to paste in pictures and write down relevant information about those friends, such as favorite television shows, books, hobbies, school subjects, and animals. A child can write down the name, address, and telephone number of friends.
In preparing for the move, a work page asks children information such as the name of the town they will live in, what state it is in, what the climate is like, and what their new house will be like.
The book gives suggestions on how children can help during the move. Return books to the library. Decide which toys can be given away. Surprise parents with a cool glass of lemonade while they are packing. Begin planning for the trip to the new home.
When a child arrives at the new home, "Goodbye, House" becomes "hello, house." It urges youngsters to stake a claim to their new room, learn how far away the local library is, discover a playground. There is a blank page to draw a map of the area, and questions about starting at a new school and making new friends.
When completed, "Goodbye, House" can be tucked away and brought out later as a scrapbook of memories.