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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Around the World Series
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Mulberry Ed edition (March 29, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688135781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688135782
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- A striking photographic survey of housing around the world that will be a real eyeopener for many children. The lush, full-color photos, one to two per page, tell the real story, conveying nearly as much about those who live in these ?- homes as they do about the dwellings themselves. Text is spare, delineating categories to unify the photo groupings (``Build your house with . . . wood or stone or straw or mud or anything at all. Weave it nail it tie it with rope.'') rather than describing the houses. That's done in the index, which is comprised of a miniature of each photo, an identification of the country in which it was taken, and a brief description. A black-and-white map is appended with each location clearly labeled. This is a solid addition for collections that support social studies or multicultural units, but would be equally fascinating to browsers throughout the age group. --Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"A striking photographic survey." -- --School Library Journal

"One of the best books of the year." -- --Parents Magazine

"Will attract armchair travelers of all ages." -- --Booklist

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This book had wonderful, vivid details in each colored page.
Trish
Terrific book for showing how others live in home similar and different from our own neighborhoods.
Debbie Lisk
Houses and Homes is a great book to stimulate conversation for young beginning readers!
Tracy B.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tracy B. on April 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Houses and Homes is a great book to stimulate conversation for young beginning readers! The photos alone are worth a thousand words. I used this book as a lead in for a discussion with first graders about different types of homes around the world. The text is simple enough that they'll read it unassisted over and over. The index in the back of the book, along with a world map, is very informative! It states the specific country where each photo was taken and gives detailed information on the uses of the types of homes shown. The descriptions also include information on the relationships between homes, cultures, and climates around the world. My 5 year old nephew, a beginning reader, would not put the book down. If he wasn't actually reading the book, he was spending time looking at the real-life photos!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2004
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This is a beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations. I found it very useful in my second grade social studies unit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Weichel on July 13, 2006
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While the text of the book is not particularly inspiring, it is an introduction to the different ways some people live around the world. My daughter is not yet two but she loves Ann Morris' entire series of books and likes to identify things in each photograph. We use the books to discuss differences and similarities between how we and others live. The photos are obviously dated but I don't believe that alters the impact of what the author and photographer are trying to do. As she grows, we intend to continue to read these books, moving on from identifying simple items to talking about cultures, traditions, environments, geography, and etc. The back of each book contains a map and descriptions of locations/actions for each page and will allow us to talk about where places are in relation to one another. I recommend these books for curious children starting at age 18 months and all the way up into the school years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Cage on November 10, 2010
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My son enjoys reading this book. There are just a few words on each page, and the pictures are large and mostly colorful. I think it is a great introduction to learning more about the world.

Updated November 2013- I now have a daughter and she loves this book too. Even though there is not much of a story-line, this book has stayed in my kids collection because the photos are conversation starters and my kids and I talk about something different every time we read it. Just wonderful and well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M. Goeden on May 16, 2014
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I bought this for a book exchange. The theme was anything international or of a different culture. The age group was 1st and 2nd graders. I thought the book was beautiful until I happened upon the couple pages of kids with bare butts. Obviously, this is the kids in their natural setting and my own 1st grader was fine with it (after she giggled awhile) however the boys at school went absolutely bonkers. I felt like "that parent" who brought the naked book. So just be warned.....naked little boy butts in this book.....otherwise very interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Lisk on July 1, 2013
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Terrific book for showing how others live in home similar and different from our own neighborhoods. Ann Morris brings such large concepts into accessible bites for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudia on July 12, 2011
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Hello! My name is Claudia, I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and bought this book for my granddaughter for four years. It is amazing to see her reaction on each page, noting the diversity of materials, colors, climates and people. And in the end, the absolute truth! No matter where or what type of house you live if you live with loved ones, you have a home. Congratulations on the beautiful book!
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More About the Author

Ann Morris's many books include Families, Bread Bread Bread, Hats Hats Hats, On the Go, and Loving. She lives in New York City. As a children's book writer, Ann Morris has been able to successfully integrate her varied experiences in teaching young children, travel, writing, and editing. Having grown up in the polyglot public schools of New York City, where each child's ethnic heritage was revealed by his name or by the contents of the lunch box from home filled with sausages, egg rolls, matzos, or pizza, she developed a strong Interest In cultures other than her own. "I'm a gypsy by nature," she says. "I always have my suitcase packed."
She and photographer Ken Heyman once traveled across the United States to document the lives often different families. Both she and the teacher's pupils liked the snake charmer/teacher who taught class in a circus trailer with her favorite boa around her neck. Although Ms. Morris has never tried this stunt he herself, she has taught children in public and private schools in New York City, and adults at Bank Street College, Columbia Teachers College, New York University, and Queens College of the City University of New York. More recently she has been teaching writing for children at The New School.
Ann Morris left teaching to become editorial director of Scholastic's early childhood department. Now she devotes her professional time to writing and all her other time to people watching, music in any and all Forms, cat care, cooking and eating, and travel. All of these experiences, she says, provide material for her books.
In Israel Ms. Morris was caught up in the enchantment of the place as well as the conflicts that are a consequence of its history. One of her books, When Will They Stop Fighting? (Atheneum), reflects her concern about children who have become the victims of these conflicts.

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