|Original, Doris Burn's illustrated cover|
In my personal opinion, it's a tragedy and outrage that the Doris Burn's illustrated edition of We Were Tired of Living in a House (c. 1969) hasn't been republished! Here Liesel Moak Skorpen crafted a clever story:
We were tired of living in a house.
So we packed a bag with
sweaters and socks and scarves
and mittens and woolen caps.
But what has made this story so positively, absolutely delightful are the charming and imaginative illustrations of Doris Burn. Yes, yes, yes there's a 1999 reprint illustrated by Joe Cepeda. But I ask you: why improve upon perfection?! It completely eludes me as to why it would be an option. Just look at these illustrations:
|We liked our tree . . .|
|We liked our pond . . .|
Burns makes living in a tree or on a pond or near a cave or by the sea look so appealing that I was ready to pack my own bags (the tree bit is my personal favorite)! Either way, and I'll submit to either edition, this is a summer must read, for in the end it's another wonderful story reiterating the time proven fact that there's no place like home.