- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553521535
- ISBN-13: 978-0553521535
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Is My Dollhouse Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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K-Gr 3—"This is my dollhouse. It used to be a cardboard box." As the narrator takes readers on an inspiring tour, her handmade dollhouse will captivate young artists, architects, and miniature enthusiasts. She introduces the eclectic family who lives there and shows how she makes the furniture out of everyday objects. A hole in a small box makes a television with a changeable picture, and cut yarn in a bottle cap makes a plate of noodles. "The rug is a small piece of carpet I cut off the one in my room. (So far, no one has noticed.)" The dolls have a Dixie cup elevator and a bowl for a rooftop pool. Engaging spreads and spot art bring out the dollhouse's whimsy while also providing a few visual how-tos. In stark contrast, the narrator's friend's store-bought dollhouse is "all perfect." At Sophie's, the two girls struggle to find a way to play together as Sophie resists any unusual improvisation around her unalterable dollhouse. The narrator becomes shy about her creative impulses and later her own dollhouse, which she hides when Sophie comes over. Ultimately the handmade dollhouse is discovered, and Sophie becomes caught up in its creation and the imaginative play it engages. The illustrations done in watercolor and ink have a folk-art style that honors the spirit of arts and crafts. Those who want to build their own dollhouse will find illustrated ideas from the book with basic instructions and suggestions under the book's jacket. VERDICT This peek into a handmade miniature world provides an irresistible prompt to create fun and make things out of found objects.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
“The realization that creative, outside-the-box artistry can be more inspiring than anything manufactured makes for a wonderful story, one that may motivate future members of the artisanal economy.” —Publishers Weekly starred review
"Readers will feel right at home with this cozy tribute to imagination…A dollhouse for everyone.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review
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P.S. So far we've made one room and have four to go!
Pros: A wonderful celebration of imaginary play and the joys of creating it yourself.
Cons: Kids, don’t be discouraged if your dollhouse and furniture don’t turn out quite as perfectly as the one pictured here.
I love the illustrations in this book. The artwork is one of the reasons I picked it up in the first place. the artist used a soft color palette and a unique style to depict the story. The pictures are perfect for the book.
I love this story. It’s about a girl who is embarrassed by her homemade doll house, but finds that her imagination is a beautiful thing – especially when she shares it. It’s a beautiful book that encourages kids to use innovation, friendship, and good old imagination to lose themselves in play.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.