The One Day House












The One Day House
by Julia Durango, illustrated by Bianca Diaz
Charlesbridge, 2017

Before the words begin, the story begins with illustrations showing young Wilson finding a phone number for a neighborhood fix-it program for the elderly.  Knowing this, he goes home and tells Gigi he will paint her house “orange and yellow like the sun.”  She replies, “I will like that.  But today, you are all the sunshine I need.”  He tells his neighbors one day he will fix Gigi’s windows, put up a fence and repair her balcony, and they all agree that will be wonderful.  Then, ‘one day’ is here, and all the neighbors show up to do the things Wilson said would happen.  A story of love and earnestness, sprinkled with a quiet repetition building up to the ‘one day’.  An inspiring family story, as well as a story about programs made to help the elderly, people with disabilities and those unable to afford to repair their house.

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