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Series: The New York Review Children's Collection
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
The House of Four Seasons
When Father, Mother, Billy, and Suzy go house hunting in the country, they fall in love with a grand old house nestled among tall weeds and trees. It is in need of repair, and soon a carpenter, mason, and tinsmith come to set things straight, but it needs painting too. The family agrees it would be more fun to paint the house themselves, but no one can agree on the color, and to make matters worse, the hardware store only carries three colors: red, blue, and yellow. But Father has an idea. “You’ll see, he says, “colors can do many tricks when they get together,” and with a sudden flourish, a color wheel appears! Budding artists and engineers will love this surprising story, and adults would do well to note how Father arrives at a winning trifecta of negotiation, education, and thrift.
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by Roger Duvoisin
Roger Duvoisin’s art remains fresh, and his work has lasting appeal, largely because of his affection and respect for his audience.
—Susan A. Burgess
Nice for any season.
Children’s author/illustrator extraordinaire Roger Duvoisin reminds us in his 1956 classic, The House of Four Seasons, that winter won’t be here forever.
—Picture Book Illustration Blog
One of my favourite books when I was a small gal...lovely.... A beautiful book.
—Meet Me at Mike’s Blog
Duvoisin’s story was published over forty years ago, but it is as fresh as the day it was published.
—Cathie Hilterbran Cooper, Color and Shape Books for All Ages
[Duvoisin’s] career as an author and illustrator is immense.... Duvoisin’s art evolves throughout his illustrious 48-year career.... The characters are marvelous, including their faces and their backsides! His use of color is vibrant and striking.
—Three Books a Night Blog