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Sunday, January 8, 2012

The House on Dirty Third Street - Jo S. Kittinger & Thomas Gonzalez

Released March 2012

Jo. S. Kittinger
Thomas Gonzalez
Peachtree Publishing

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

A young girl and her mother move to a new home. Much to the girl's dismay, the run-down house is on a very dirty-looking street, that she nicknames "dirty third street" and she can't see this place being fun. When she spies her mother crying, she offers a prayer that may just turn their luck around.

The House on Dirty Third Street is actually an extremely touching book that shares a strong message on hope and never giving up. With the housing market collapse, there are two houses on our street that sit empty and the more time that passes, the more the houses seem to fall apart from neglect. I'd love to think someone like the mother and daughter in this story would move in.

The lessons this girl learns along the way will make for interesting discussions between parent on child on having faith and never losing hope in what seems like an impossible situation. Thomas Gonzalez's illustrations also capture the book's magic perfectly by taking the ramshackle house and sprucing it up into a real beauty by the end of the story.  I really enjoyed The House on Dirty Third Street and highly recommend it.

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