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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374374872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374374877
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yum’s latest resembles a photo album and follows a little girl offering up a historical tour of the house she shares with her parents, grandparents, and cat. She starts at the beginning, when her mother’s parents “arrived from far away with just two suitcases in hand.” On one side of the spread (here and throughout the book) is a watercolor framed like a photograph; the other side reveals a more complete view from the same time period. The story continues, inside and in front of the two-story attached home, through her mother’s childhood, departure for college, and return with “the boyfriend who would be my father.” Yum depicts the girl’s grandparents as warm and welcoming, even as nervous new parents, and the girl’s parents convey the same loving concern for their child. Some of the “framed” images pop up again on walls in later pages, suggesting how the young narrator learned the history she’s relaying. Even before the baby sibling is introduced on the last spread, this is a sweet tribute to continuity and togetherness. Preschool-Grade 2. --Abby Nolan

About the Author

Hyewon Yum is the critically acclaimed author of several previous picture books. Of The Twins' Blanket, Publishers Weekly said in a starred review that "Yum's third picture book shows the author/illustrator thoroughly at home with the picture book form." She studied painting and printmaking at Seoul National University in South Korea. She received her master of fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and presently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Hyewon Yum is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed books for children, including This Is Our House, The Twins' Blanket, There Are No Scary Wolves, and Last Night. Her book Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. Visit her online at www.hyewonbook.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Perogies & Gyoza on August 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This isn't a big exciting book with twists and turns. It is a quiet book about the simple pleasures in life. It's easy for a beginning reader to read. It introduces a type of family that is still rare in the US, an multigenerational family as well as an interacial family, without any fanfare, just accepting. This would be a wonderful book for kids starting to learn about family trees, or just starting to read.
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By S. Oh on June 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I think this is one of the best children's book I've read together with my child. Top recommendation.

It's very unique. It's not dynamic or exciting, if that's what you're looking for.
Instead, it tells a visual story of three generations of family sharing a house and living and growing together. My daughter initially had difficulty in comprehending the story because she actually needs to connect dots through pages, but, when I helped her, she got it, and really started to like it. How a person lives on in a children's book! So calm, but, very touching. Quite a rare one these days.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This sweet picture book takes us on a walk down memory lane. A little girl is growing up in the same house her mother lived in as a child. Her grandparents still live there and she and her parents are making memories with them under the same roof. This book is very charming. We live on family land and feel that it's important to cling to family ties. We would recommend this book to open discussions on family and how much it means in today’s ever changing world.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the house in which her grandparents lived. Her mother was born here, grew up, went to college, married and then she was born here, too. Hyewon Yum describes her memories of each room, the trees and the stairs. History has been repeated for three generations. This is a beautiful story. I recommend it for all children.
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