HOME by Michael J. Rosen


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Age Range: 4 - 9
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 This latest title in support of a worthy cause is subtitled ``A Collaboration of Thirty Distinguished Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books to Aid the Homeless.'' In this context, the theme seems bittersweet--yet celebrating the joys of one's own special place does effectively dramatize the deprivation of being homeless. In a brief, lyrical introduction, Rosen sets the tone: ``Home is all the words that call you in for dinner, over to help, into a hug, out of a dream.'' The 13 pieces sample a crowded city stoop, an elevator, a tiny tenement apartment; an attic, a closet, a kitchen table; such cozy refuges as a chair or a bed; back porch and country garden. Imaginative play, a family enjoying conversation, the pleasures of solitude- -each appears in a setting that explores the concept of home. The lineup here is multiethnic and star-studded (Hamilton, Kuskin, Rylant, Yep, Yolen, Egielski, Marshall, Simont, et al.); the poems and poetic reminiscences are just fine, while the art is even more outstanding. Not, perhaps, a first choice to give the homeless themselves, but one to engender thoughtful discussion among luckier children. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: May 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-06-021788-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1992


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