Author(s): Roger Duvoisin
When Father, Mother, Billy, and Suzy go house hunting in the country, they fall in love with a grand old house nestled among tall weeds and trees. The house is in need of repair and soon a carpenter, mason, and tinsmith come to set things straight, but it needs new paint too. The family agrees it would be more fun to paint it themselves, but no one can agree on the color, and to make matters worse, the hardware store only carries three colors: red, blue, and yellow! But Father has an idea. "You'll see," he says, "colors can do many tricks when they get together," and with a sudden flourish, Roger Duvoisin the magician reveals a color wheel in the midst of this cheerful tale. Budding artists and engineers will love this surprising story, and adults would do well to note how Father arrives at a winning trifecta of negotiation, education, and thrift.
By the author of the bestselling picture book Petunia, The House of Four Seasons is a bright and lively family picture book about colours, imagination, and compromise.
Roger Duvoisin (1900-1980) graduated from the Ecole des Arts et Metiers and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, before immigrating to the United States in the late 1920s. The author of more than forty of his own books, Duvoisin also collaborated with many writers, including Alvin Tresselt, with whom he won a Caldecott Award for White Snow, Bright Snow in 1948 and the Caldecott Honor Award for Hide and Seek Fog in 1966. Today he is best known for his book Petunia.