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The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China Hardcover – October 3, 2011

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Gr 3-6-Young's father builds a house for his growing family and for others who join them. Against the background of World War II, the author shares childhood memories of changing seasons, raising silkworms, and picnicking by the pool. This oversize book with foldout pages is illustrated with photos, drawings, and collage. Includes a time line and a diagram of the house.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Caldecott Medalist Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Born in Tientsin, China, he grew up in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong. As a young man, he came to the United States on a student visa to study architecture but turned instead to his love of art. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, Young has since taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Ed Youn was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his book Lon Po Po, and The Emperor and the Kite and Seven Blind Mice were named Caldecott Honor Books. Wabi Sabi, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book in 2008.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316076287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316076289
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is fabulous, a great work of art. The story of the house Ed Young's father designed and built, and how it sheltered his family through the War, is terrific. The illustrations are stunning. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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"War was spreading to Shanghai, my father said, like the crows that came in summer and covered the sky with blackness. He wanted to move somewhere he could keep Ma and the four of us safe." Thus opens the stunning illustrated memoir "The House That Baba Built." It tells the story of the artist's father's ingenious plan to keep his family safe during the turmoil of WWII - how he used his architectural skills to build a luxurious house for a wealthy landowner, under the condition that the landowner would let him and his family live there for the first twenty years it was built.

Ed Young's vivid descriptions of his unusual childhood, coupled with creative cut-out illustrations and fold out pages make this book a fascinating read for young and old alike. Many of his experiences are easy to relate to - picnics, loving families, and childhood games of pretend - and these experiences allow us to accept and understand the more unfamiliar parts of his childhood: shortwave radios, food shortages, refugees.

This elegantly told true story is replete with wonderful vintage photos and an author's note explaining Ed Young's journey of rediscovering his childhood home. It's a touching memoir, sure to expand our awareness of the wideness of the world around us and the depth of its history.
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As World War II spread to Shanghai, Ed Young's family lived in the house that his father, Baba, built. The house had a swimming pool to swim in, and a concrete roof to roller skate on. As the war progressed, Ed Young and his family had to make sacrifices. With little oil and no meat, Ed and his brothers and sisters grew hungry. Baba also built an apartment for his extended family on top of the roof where his children had skated. They also could no longer fill the swimming pool. Ed and his brothers and sisters became close friends with some distant cousins, the Ling family. Ed found escape from the hardships in his life by reading adventure stories and looking at their illustrations. Toward the end of World War II, Baba made an apartment in the house for a German refugee family from the war. For the first time, as the war came to an end, Ed heard bombs from enemy planes. Safe in the house that Baba built, the end of the war quickly followed, and Ed's family celebrated. The time of sacrifices and hardship was over. As a story book memoir with cut paper illustrations, children, ages 7-10, will want to explore the life of this beloved author and illustrator.
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I am a huge fan of Ed Young and his books. This book gave me a glimpse into his childhood. As with all his books, the illustrations are well done. I recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed any book by Ed Young.
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A beautiful book. The house that Baba built, in Japanese-occupied China during the 1930s, is a haven for the author and his family. As the war escalates, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even a German family join them in the house. Despite the effects of war, the house is full of love and fun and family. The mixed-media illustrations, with the occasional fold-out page, are wonderful. Recommended as a read-aloud for all ages, and for 3rd to 5th grade readers.

(Note: I received a free advance reading copy of this book from the publisher at an American Library Association Annual Conference. I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Little, Brown!)
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I bought the book because we currently live in China and I wanted our children to learn about it through stories as well. My daughter (aged 9) really loved hearing the story and she often asked for the book. The illustrations are interesting and the story is captivating.
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This is a wonderful recollection that intertwines architecture, politics, family life and childhood perceptions, beautifully illustrated by a Caldicott winner, the son of an architect who built his family a house in what was then the outskirts of Shanghai.
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