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Homeplace Paperback – September, 2000

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"Your great-great-great-great-grandpa built this house," explains a woman to her granddaughter at the opening of this rich pictorial history of a home that six generations of a family have inhabited. Shelby's gentle, comfortingly repetitive text recounts how the dwelling, which began as a log cabin, was enlarged over the years as men cleared more land and planted additional crops while their wives baked bread, spun wool, stitched quilts and rocked babies. The customs and domestic details of each era-from 1810 to 1995-are portrayed impeccably in Halperin's (Hunting the White Cow) wondrously busy watercolor-and-pencil art, deftly balanced arrangements of landscapes, interior scenes, closely focused insets, sequential panels and borders. Showing newfangled inventions (train, car, TV, computer) alongside cherished heirlooms (cradle, quilt, pottery crock, doll), Halperin, like Shelby, presents a heartwarming picture of simultaneous continuity and change. Ages 4-7.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?This story opens with a grandmother rocking a child in the present day, explaining that "Your great-great-great-great grandpa built this house." At the bottom of the page, readers see a man felling a tree. Each spread employs a different design in order to highlight the main action while also portraying related details. The latter are found in a variety of insets and borders. Unity is achieved through the symmetry of facing pages; the presence of the grandmother and grandchild, whose conversation frames the story; and through the even pacing of each generation's entrance. In tracing a home's history from 1810 to the present, the narrative depicts various processes, from building a log cabin to planting corn. Also, it portrays slices of life throughout the generations?sleeping on a cornstalk mattress, eating hamburgers at a drive-in. Most importantly, it reveals the stability and continuity that is possible through family ties, even while the outside world is changing. The text is brief, but poetic?a fitting accompaniment to the rhythm of life presented in the earth-toned watercolors. Due to the amount of visual detail on each page, Homeplace is best suited for one-on-one sharing. Perfect for grandma's lap!?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (NY); Reprint edition (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531071782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531071786
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I work in an elementary school library and I came across Homeplace. This is a delightful book for children from 3 to 93. The story it tells brings back memories of simpler times. And the illustrations are superb. There is so much detail on every page everyone is bound to recognize an heirloom or tradition from their own past in them. I have recommended it to many children to take home and have their parents read it to them. I am 40 and I bought this book for myself.
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I stumbled across this book in one of the Smithsonian gift shops and had to have it. The warmth of the pencil and watercolor illustrations is captivating. When I read it with my daughter, it always brings up questions about my grandparents and others in our family she never got to know. This book is a wonderful gift for a new parent or grandparent.
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By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My 5 yr. old brought the book home from her school library. I loved it so much and she enjoyed the pictures that we decided to purchase it. It's an excellent "sharing" book, I used it to talk with my daughter about the importance of what our ancestors did for us.
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