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Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House

Gleeson, Libby (Author)
Blackwood, Freya (Illustrator)
Hardie Grant Egmont 2009. 32 pages
First published: 2009
ISBN: 9781921541193 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Clancy’s parents are excited to be moving into their big, new house. Clancy is not. His mother leads him through the cavernous rooms, as the boy wistfully recalls cozy memories from the old house.

Soft-textured illustrations in a pastel chalk and wash effect use colour and space to emphasize Clancy’s emotional responses to his new home. Windows lurk high in the walls, his furniture is dwarfed by the size of his new room. Outside, a giant stack of moving boxes teeters whimsically up to the sky. As Clancy plays among them, a little girl named Millie approaches and asks to play too.

The plain language uses simple but expressive words and phrases, such as “He flops down . . .” and “Clancy pushes them and pokes them.” It also accurately reflects the negotiation and discussion among children at play: “I must be the first little pig and you must be the big bad wolf . . . .”

Young readers may recall their own experiences of moving to a new house, city or country, and all will have had experience playing with a box of one size or another. Upon building the third and strongest box-house, Clancy finally declares it, “a very fine dwelling.” In a touching finish, Clancy and Millie are seen climbing the stairs into Clancy’s family’s new home.

  •  

    Talk about a time when you had to move away from somewhere such as a house or school. How did you feel? What did you miss?

  •  Using a box in the classroom, create a story situation with a friend and act it out.
  •  Write out the imaginary story you created using the box.
  •  

    Talk about a time when you had to move away from somewhere such as a house or school. How did you feel? What did you miss?

  •  Compare Clancy’s new house, his old house and what you like about your own house. Use a graphic organizer to help you show the similarities and differences.
  •  Talk and write about ways you could use a big pile of boxes.
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Drama
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Geography, History and Citizenship