Reviews for Home

Booklist Reviews 2011 February #1
The latest entry in the Shelley Rotner's Early Childhood Library shows that "a home is more than a house." Numerous color photos show scenes of loving families, indoors and outside; in cities, suburbs, and the countryside; from diverse cultures and families; hugging, arguing, sharing meals, playing musical instruments, and more. The book's close brings an unexpected message about the homeless ("some people don't have homes even if they are just like you or me"), and safe in their own houses, kids will be moved to talk about what that means. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Rotner and Goldbas explain the concept of "home" for very young children, defining it as a place where people not only eat and sleep but also find love and safety; the difficult topic of homelessness is also touched upon ("Some people don't have homes..."). Yellow type and attractive photographs featuring a diversity of children show up nicely against black backgrounds. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 January

PreS-Gr 2--Richly detailed photographs portray diverse types of families, what they do at home, and where they live. The text shows different styles of housing, families living together in communities, and the feelings that are evoked by calling a place home. Homelessness is briefly addressed. However, it is unclear whether this book is about types of dwellings, family love and support, or homelessness. The dark backgrounds do not enhance the narrative or the full-color photos. Additional material on homelessness and outreach is provided as back matter. While the images are clear and captivating, the book's lack of focus makes it a marginal purchase.--Melissa Smith, Youth Services Librarian, Royal Oak Public Library, MI

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