4 out of 4 stars
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A gnome named Lampy finds himself without a place to live when his home becomes too small and wet. He decides that he has had enough and leaves to search for his new home. On the way, he helps many animal friends when they get stuck in situations and cannot figure out what to do. Before Lampy knows it, it starts to rain. Will Lampy be able to find his new home before he gets too wet?
The reason why I decided to read A Home for Gnome by June Vanderhoff is because of the backstory of this book. Elijah, the author’s grandson, died when he was just shy of his fourth birthday. According to the description of him at the beginning of the book, Elijah was a sweet and giving child that loved gnomes. I loved that this cute children’s book was written with her grandson in mind, as it made the story feel special.
Two different writing styles are used in this book. The first one is rhyming poetry, which can be seen when reading about Lampy helping the animals. Four lines of poetic verse are included with each of the animal encounters. It was sweet because each of these sections is inspirational to the animal being helped. The other writing style is free verse. Although this writing style did seem out of place based on the rest of the book, this did not negatively affect my enjoyment of it.
I liked the illustrations that are used to tell Lampy’s story. Multiple colors are used, but they are not bright and showy. Instead, they are quaint and calming. The setting is a forest, which makes the usage of these colors perfect for the storyline.
I rate A Home for Gnome 4 out of 4 stars. I found no grammatical errors in the short twenty-one pages of this book. I did not find anything to dislike about it; it was a cute and touching tribute to an important person to the author. I recommend this story to children between the ages of four and seven.
A Home for Gnome
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