by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert
illustration by Dušan Petričić

A new neighborhood for Matt -- again. There is nothing here, just sticks and mud. When Matt begins to create a miniature world with that stick, he gains a helper. And when rain threatens to ruin it all, he finds instead the magic that makes this new place home. Hutchins' and Herbert's story gives a creative solution for the challenge a young boy faces starting over in a new environment. Petričić's richly detailed illustrations bring to life the imagination of children left to their own devices.