My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando

My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando

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In Kate Marino’s candid twelve year old point of view, Tara Altebrando’s story is laced with compassion and humor. Kids will relate to Kate’s initial aversion to change, moving, and subsequent personal growth. Having lived in New York’s Hudson Valley for a long time, the Marino family’s home is lovingly named Big Red and is full of memories. However, Kate’s parents are financially strapped and their solution is to sell their home. Kids and tweens can relate to Kate’s honest feelings, observations, and creative attempts to disrupt the unwelcome move. Kate is torn between holding on to the past or growing into the future. When she realizes that “change is hard, until it’s not” she finds a creative way to honor her old home by crafting dioramas of Big Red to honor and remember the rooms in which she and her family grew up. Appropriate for children ages 9+