Like the bestselling title On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman, this picture book is sure to touch the hearts of parents, grandparents, and children. The tender rhythmic text follows a young girl as she moves through her world, while utterly charming watercolors bring that world into vivid focus.
Told in second person, as if written by a parent to a child, the story gently highlights all the love and joy that make the girl’s world her very own, from the tree that stands in her yard, to the swing that swings her right up to the sky, to her bed that’s a ship to the moon.
A beautiful ode to a loving family from a bestselling author and illustrator.
Reviews of The House That’s Your Home
This sweet picture book will sweep you and your little ones off your feet!” – Books of Wonder
A picture book that feels at once nostalgic and fresh.” – Horn Booksee more reviews
“In a picture book that feels at once nostalgic and fresh, Lloyd-Jones and Dyer channel the best of contemporary mood pieces (see, for example, Scanlon and Frazee’s All the World, rev. 9/09) and the everyday-life books of yesteryear (such as Krauss and Sendak’s A Hole Is to Dig, rev. 10/52). A familiar home-away-home structure follows a little girl from the “house that’s [her] home” to school and back again, as she engages with her family, pets, and the world all around her (in a refreshing twist, it concludes with the child awakening to a new day instead of drifting off to sleep). Throughout, a soothing, rhythmic text embraces a childlike phasing with lines such as “A bike is Your Bike / That rides you around” and hits just-right notes to capture the happiest parts of childhood’s emotional landscape: “A friend is Your Friend / Who stays by your side / And chooses you first / And saves you a place.” There are no tears or hardships in sight, and Dyer’s soft gouache and pencil illustrations perfectly match the text’s depiction of childhood idyll. The graceful hand lettering adds much to the books pleasing design, and its clear readability will be a boon to adults who will doubtlessly engage in repeated readings with children in their own homes.”The Horn Book Magazine
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