A while back I signed my kids up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Station (see below) and it is AWESOME! Every month, each child receives a free book in the mail. I highly recommend that you look into signing your children up for this program! Most of the books are books that I have never heard of, which is great. A couple months ago, we received “A House is a House for Me” By Mary Ann Hoberman and I was pleasantly surprised. I know that you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but I did. The book looked out of date and had pictures of clowns on the cover (not ok with me). I found out that the book was published in 1978, which would explain the illustrations, not the clowns.
Upon opening the book, however, I grew to really appreciate and love the charm of the text and illustrations. The cover page has the title drawn completely out of different houses that are listed later in the text, such as shoes for our feet.
Quickly after starting to read the book, I found that I enjoyed the rhythm and rhyme of the text. My kids love it too. The book plays on the idea of different “houses” for different creatures and so much more. Here is an example:
“A book is a house for a story. A rose is a house for a smell. My head is a house for a secret. A secret I never will tell. “
Although the book is fun to read, there is also the idea that we all have our own individual homes and all of our homes are on Earth. “A House is a House for Me” is a great way to introduce vocabulary that your child may not be familiar with such as sty, fold, hutches, and hangar. There are also several Native American tribes mentioned in the book and their different “houses.”
Overall, I was really surprised how much my children and I enjoyed this book! I am sure that we will enjoy it for quite awhile! Enjoy!
More about “A House is a House for Me:
- Here is link to the website
- It is a National Book Award Winner
- Scholastic rates the interest level at grades 3-5, but I think that children younger than this would really enjoy this book! (My kids did and they are 1 and 3 years old)
Here is some information on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Station:
- Dolly Parton started the Library in 1996. At the time of this post, just about 667,000 children are registered!
- Every month, a child in the program receives an age-appropriate book
- Children under the age of 5 qualify
- From what I understand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library works with local organizations to get to books to you and your family for free. Local organization accepts donations and is listed on every address label.
- Here is the website with more information. You can register your child(ren) for the program or donate to the cause.