A House Is a House for Me Dolly Parton Imagination Library

by Mary Ann Hoberman

Paperback, 2007



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Penguin Group (2007), 32 pages


Lists in rhyme the dwellings of various animals and things.

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LibraryThing member mrgan
This is more clever and educational than many classics of kids' writing for the same age group. Very entertaining and witty, with rich illustrations that might cause some adults to go "whoa, creepy", but I loved this sort of psychedelic art as a kid. An easy book to dismiss, but I'm totally hooked
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on it.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I'm surprised this didn't win a Caldecott, at least an Honor, back in the day.  I love how it starts out fairly straightforward, good for the littler children, but rewards the child who is patient enough to read through to the end with more and more fanciful creativity.  The pictures are indeed
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marvelous - bright and clear, but still intricate and rich.  The only problem that I have is on the page that includes the line trashcans are houses for garbage" and some perfectable salvageable stuff is being thrown away, like a doll that is just dirty, and a wonderful rocking horse with a single broken leg.  I'd suggest this is careless, but the last line of the book is "And the earth is a house for us all."  Well, not if we don't repair, recycle, etc...."
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LibraryThing member tripleblessings
This book has been made into a song by Fred Penner, and is available on a recording of the same title. Nice catchy tune. Very interesting story concept, and nice detailed illustrations. Suitable for preschoolers to grade 1 or 2.
LibraryThing member SaintSunniva
The rollicking rhyme matches the riotous exhuberance of Betty Fraser's illustrations in Mary Ann Hoberman's "A House is a House for Me".
LibraryThing member paroof
The more I read this to my kids the more I love this book. It's fun, it's clever, it's timeless.
LibraryThing member leila_library
My daughter (5) has loved this book for years. There are oodles of interesting pictures and the message of how everything can be a "house" for someone or something else is perspective bearing. We love this one!
LibraryThing member tracystewart
The repetition of this book is great for students when they are learning to read!
LibraryThing member kaylada3
This book is about a variety of houses. SOme of them are familiar while others are strange. It helps the students exercise their imagination, and shows them there is much more to a house than just being a house. I chose this book because it appeals to a wide age range, and it also puts beautiful
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music in the air.
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LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: The author reveals how, once you get to thinking about houses, you see them everywhere! Mary Ann Hoberman reveals surprisingly creative houses on every page in a wonderfully lyrical rhyming chant.

Thoughts and Feelings: When you get to thinking about so many places as houses for things,
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it's hard to imagine destroying them. I also like how the author showed the names of domesticated animal dwellings. I have problems remembering that vocabulary, just like I have problems remembering what to to call different animal babies, or different communities of animals. This was a wonderful book!
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LibraryThing member LainaBourgeois
A House Is a House for Me is a rollicking rhyme about houses. Some of the houses are familiar, such as an anthill and a dog kennel, while others are surprising, such as a corn husk and a pea pod.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Everything under the sun is either a house, or something that lives in a house, in this delightful rhyming story, originally published in 1978: "Cartons are houses for crackers. / Castles are houses for kings. / The more that I think about houses, / The more things are houses for kings," declares
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the narrator at one point. Hoberman's rhythmic text - which makes for the best sort of read-aloud selection - is accompanied by Betty Fraser's vintage artwork, with its attention to detail and many clever little allusions.

One of those titles I would probably never have thought to pick up, were it not for the recommendation of a friend - thanks, Chandra! - A House Is a House for Me is the best sort of "concept book." It introduces children to the idea of relationships - between different objects, between creatures and objects, and creatures and creatures - and how they "fit" together, in the big picture, but it does so in an entertaining and thought-provoking way. It "educates," in the sense that it prompts one to think about things in new ways. The artwork is just as successful, sneaking in many clever tributes to classic children's books - I liked the scene in which the boy is reading Munro Leaf's The Story of Ferdinand, or the one in which the girl finds herself having tea with the Mad Hatter, and the other characters from Alice in Wonderland - and successfully retaining the reader's attention.

All in all, a charming picture-book, one I would recommend to young readers who appreciate a rollicking rhyme, or detailed illustrations!
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LibraryThing member sgpujol
This author writes with an up beat poetic style. The pictures are very colorful and busy. This book has few words to explain the pictures. The book is about different animals and people in their houses. It has different animals, food, items, and even different types of culture homes are portrayed
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in the pictures. Some examples were " a house for shoes is a locker, a house for a Native American is a tepee" and so on. It is a fun up beat book and a very good book to use as a read a loud. You can engage the students in conversation with the pictures and the houses and what they hold.
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LibraryThing member MichelleStahnke
LibraryThing member 1Avidfan
This wonderful book is one long poem that describes different “houses” for a variety of creatures and objects. The rhyme is fun, the pictures have new things to discover each time a child looks at the pages and new words are introduced throughout the book. I love it!


National Book Award (Finalist — 1983)
Nebraska Golden Sower Award (Nominee — 1985)



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