12-22-2008 10:48 PM - last edited on 02-19-2009 05:51 PM by Jon_B
03-18-2009 09:12 AM
Here is the description from the Library of Congress: Chris claims half the bedroom as her own private property, but realizes it is the half without a door--she will have to stay there forever unless she can find a graceful way out of her predicament.
more description from another site: Fun book of possession of sisters' room, Chris and Mary, Using a jump rope they divide the room and the "fun" begins. "Don't breathe my air, said Chris. "I'm breathing MY air, ' said Mary! If you ever shared a bedroom, you will understand!.
additional details: Endpapers illustrated with jump ropes, just like the one used to separate the bedroom into Chris' and Mary's sides.
Hope this helps!
04-22-2009 02:53 PM
Hey-this was a favorite of mine as a kid, as I had to share a room with my older sister.
The girl Chris in the story is dreamy and messy and her older sister Mary is neat and tidy. After arguing about the room, they lay a jumprope down the center as a dividing line. Mary has the door and half the closet, Chris gets the window and half the closet. Mary leaves and Chris starts day dreaming about living her whole life on her side of the room. She imagines having many children and even a horse, and how all of her groceries and guests and everything will have to come up through the window in a basket. I think there is also an illlustration of laundry drying across her side of the room, but I may be imagining that part.Eventually, Mary comes back and invites her to jumprope in the park. Chris wants to, but doesn't want to give in totally. She cannot get to the door to go out and play. They she realizes she can get out of her side by going in the closet. Standing inside the closet door, she reaches down and coils up the jumprope- now she can go and play with her sister.
In my version, the pictures were mostly blackline drawing with some color. Lots of funny detail- kind of like Stephen Kellog does today
Hope that helps.