MY HOUSE HAS STARS by Megan McDonald

MY HOUSE HAS STARS

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A book that celebrates the uniqueness of each culture and the ties that bind humans together. Readers are introduced to children in eight very different settings: Alaska, Mongolia, Ghana, Japan, the Philippines, Brazil, Nepal, and the American Southwest. The children speak of elements in their lives that mark them as distinctive: a story vine in Ghana, prayer flags in Nepal, a Mongolian yurt. Whether it is a mud hut or an urban skyscraper, all the children have homes, and all of them enjoy their all-embracing star-strewn roof, one that caps every house on Earth. McDonald (Insects Are My Life, 1995, etc.) loads as much detailed information as she can into the pages, mingling physical facts of the culture with mythical ones. In contrast, Catalanotto's watercolors are soft-edged and liquid. There is only a semblance of discontinuity between text and image, in their pursuit of mood, with McDonald's wealth of information vying to hitch a ride on poetically ephemeral paintings. On the whole, this is a successful expression of the fundamental link between the very particular and the most universal. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-531-09529-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1996




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