THIS HOME WE HAVE MADE by Anna Hammond

THIS HOME WE HAVE MADE

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The authors are artists who worked with a group of formerly homeless children to paint a mural on the wall of the South Bronx apartment building in which the children and their families were then living. Using sections of the mural as illustrations, they've constructed a fantasy about a homeless child joining a mysterious ``building parade,'' at the end of which the child receives a home. The bilingual story is rather contrived, but the murals are striking--full of movement, color, and dreamlike images: one window is framed by a bright circus wagon driven by a bearded man in a top hat and drawn by a hooded green creature that might have escaped from Dr. Seuss; blossoms, stars, moons, and trees in improbable colors drift through a midnight-blue sky; five people holed up a doll-sized apartment building with its windows, like TV screens, showing happy domestic scenes; angels with African and Hispanic faces watch over all. At the end, two foldout pages show how the mural fits together and tell how it came to be painted--the true story, unfortunately, is a lot more interesting than the fantasy it supposedly inspired. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1993
ISBN: 0-517-59339-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Crown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993