The Big Orange Splot (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Big Orange Splot (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Daniel Pinkwater


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When a seagull drops a can of orange paint on his neat house, Mr. Plumbean gets an idea that affects his entire neighborhood.

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ISBN-13: 9780833506887
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 06/01/1977
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 195,940
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

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Big Orange Splot 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
cvyork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had a very good moral to the story. Be an individual. Also, pursue your dreams
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's easy to say this book is about non-conformity, but it's not, exactly. Our hero doesn't let the splot stay, doesn't paint his house to be a jungle, doesn't put up palm trees and sit outside drinking lemonade to be different. He does it to be himself. It's a more subtle message, and one worth sharing with any loved child.
sskatherine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My K-2 students were absolutely enthralled with this story. As I read it aloud, they commented on Pinkwater's illustrations and laughed out loud. I do not think the illustrations are really anything special - seemingly rendered in marker, but they are appealing and they demonstrate the character of Mr.Plumbean well. The story is fun and provides the reader with an example of non-conformation. It shows us that we don't need to be like everyone else to be happy, and that we might be happier by following our own personal desires, not those of your neighbors.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think a friend introduced me to this title a few years back and I was blown away by it. It's such a simple story and the illustrations are ok, not blow me away fantastic, but the story...the story is powerful and such a great way to introduce the concept of diversity to kids.When I first read this book I was an Art Education student and knew instantly that this would be a great story to build an art lesson around. I was working with elementary school students at the time and they loved the story and easily understood the concept of diversity and how it was important that not everyone be the same. And they enjoyed the art lesson of designing a house around their interests and what it would look like, much like the characters in the book. Overall an excellent short read that delivers an important and powerful lesson.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One man decides to make his house individual and unique among a neighborhood of plain identical houses.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
About a man who really wants to be different, and what happens when he dares to break free.
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kelzar More than 1 year ago
This was one of my most favorite books growing up...I loved all the different colors and that everyone could make their house what they wanted it to be...
OCD_Student More than 1 year ago
I love how this story encurages one to not only be an individual, and your self, but that it is okay dream, and live yiour dreams! This book was given to me as a christmas gift from my kindergarten teacher and it has held a special place within my heart and library sence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a child, I remember loving this book for the funny language (terms like flipped his lid, popped his topper, etc.) and for the colorful pictures that showed houses painted like ships, hot air balloons and castles. After a seagull carrying a can of paint inadvertently "ruins" a perfect, cookie-cutter house on a uniform street, the owner takes the opportunity to paint his house wildly to reflect his inner persona. Slowly, all the neighbors begin to use their imagination to paint their houses in unique ways. Now that I have a child of my own, I love that what you learn from the book is that it's okay to be different, and that your imagination and dreams are worth standing up for. It teaches that you should respect other people and their "crazy" ideas as well: which may not be that crazy after all. A fantastically simple book that depicts a much larger life lesson.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is our all time favorite book. As an urban planner and mom of a two-year old, I appreciate the theory and the sentiment. My son laughs hysterically whenever we say 'big orange splot'! He loves the pictures, the bright colors and the words. This is the book he asks for again and again. Plus, it's a paperback so it's very easy to take on the road.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book read to me a lot growing up. I think it's a great lesson in the importance of individuality. The illustrations are great and the story is hilarious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think everyone should keep a dozen or so copies of this book to hand out when the yard Nazis come around to tell you they can see your green drapes from the street (everyone else has white), and that flowering crab apple tree has to go. Now has anyone seen 'Little Boxes' made into a children's book?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been my very favorite book for as long as I can remember. It has inspired me to become what happiness requires me to become. Several weeks ago this book took an even more exalted place in my heart when I read the book to a Special Education class. It was a very sweet moment as I looked into their eyes and recited the line I had down by heart: 'My house is me, and I am it. My house is where I like to be, and it looks like all my dreams.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like great inspirational movies (Field of Dreams, for example) that are far more than what they appear on the surface, so is "The Big Orange Splot". This is a book that can change the life view of a cynical adult, let alone an impressionable child. Since reading this book to my son, I have come to list it as one of the inspirations behind a mid-life epiphany that has made me a far better and more contented person. Read this book to yourself and your children and learn that you shouldn't be afraid to live your dreams!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Big Orange Splot was my childhood favorite book. I am now 27 and I can look back and remember how that book made me feel excited about being an individual & not like everyone else.There are a few powerful lessons in this book.I like the creative way that he builds the belief that by having the strength to break from the status quo, you find true freeedom and happiness.I'll give it to my (future) kid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book...not only for children but for everyone!! It has wonderful illustrations and a great lesson!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Plumbean lives on a 'neat street' where all the houses look the same. One day, an orange splot of paint is dropped on his roof, and instead of removing it, Plumbean begins to transform his house into a mecca of color, palm trees, and a hammock. The neighbors are aghast! As each goes to convince him to make it a neat street again, Plumbean explains, 'My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.' The neighbors end up chatting into the night about their own interests and dreams, and subsequently create their fantasy houses, including a castle and a ship. The formerly neat, now fascinating and alive street, lives happily ever after. With charming illustrations and Pinkwater's quirky humor, this tale reminds us all that sometimes breaking the mold is the best way to express our passions and aspirations. I think that about age five is the youngest for this story, but I can see it being enjoyed even in middle school.