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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679983511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679983514
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,031,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Thirty-four short and evocative poems describe and personify a house as it wakes up and goes through its day. The clothes dryer is portrayed as a gentle, nurturing soul:
When clothes are wet
and want to cry,
she warms them up
and tumbles them dry.
The couch is a "Friendly chap/ with a big soft lap," while the fan has a slightly more sinister personality:
A blur of blades
with chilling power.
Then a silent,
steel-petaled
flower.
Dee Lillegard's quirky, inventive verses illuminate and inspire, encouraging readers of all ages to view their everyday surroundings in a whole new light. Find more creative wordplay from Lillegard in The Wild Bunch and The Poombah of Badoombah. Don Carter's fantastic sculptural illustrations perfectly complement the rhymes. Using foam board, plaster, and acrylic paints, he creates wonderfully original three-dimensional paintings. Young readers will want to start right in on a poetic exploration of their own surroundings. (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

In a starred review, PW wrote, "The 34 brief, playful poems of this visually striking book personify a cheery yellow house and the objects within it. The book performs the marvelous alchemy of transforming the most everyday objects into focal points of imaginative worlds." Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A feast for eye and ear awaits readers of this book. Through clever personification, the most ordinary items in a house come to life. The night-light, the drapes, the screen door, and the feather duster all take on characteristics that are sure to make young and old smile. Even the stairs become the back of a stretching stegosaurous. Don Carter's creations (they are much more than traditional illustration) not only bring off-the-page dimension to the eye, but a sense of familiarity and comfort to the verse. The lamp is one you've probably got in your house; the couch, indeed, looks like a "friendly chap with a big soft lap." As a teacher, I will use this book with my young students for all manner of language arts. As a parent, I will enjoy sharing these poems as we go through our day.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Fine on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book entertains and amuses my two and a half year old daughter more than just about any other book in her substantial "library." We read it at night, before bed (perhaps it should be called "Go To Sleep House!" because the book ends with the house going to sleep).
The short poems are fun to read and fun to listen to. The illustrations are three-dimensional and fascinating to look at over and over again. They personalize the house and its contents in a unique way that gives them character and substance without being the least bit precious. It's great entertainment!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book of little poems is a delight to share with a young child. The poems deal with things commonly found around the house-the tub, the night-light, the vacuum cleaner, etc. The wonderful illustrations in vibrant colors act to personify many of these inanimate objects, as well as relect accurately the tenor of the poems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 20 month-old loves this book! She has me read it over andover and over. She loves the rhyming and the vivid, unique threedimensional illustrations. I highly recommend it, even if your childis younger than the recommended age.
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