Houses come in so many colors and sizes and shapes. Some are tall and skinny and rise high into the sky. Some are kind of fat and have acres of land around them. That’s called s-p-r-a-w-l-i-n-g. Some are in big buildings called apartments and some are tiny, little cottages or bungalows. Houses are made of wood, brick, stone, or mud, and some are even made of ice. There are castles and palaces and mansions. There are igloos, and houses made of grass, which have thatched roofs. I’ve seen purple houses and bright yellow and green houses. Once, I even saw a pink house with blue shutters. That was pretty scary unless, of course, pink and blue are your favorite colors. So, with so many different kinds of houses, how can you ever choose which house is exactly right for you?
Well, you could try them out just like the young boy in WHOSE HOUSE did. On his journey to find just the right house, he visited a beaver’s lodge and a bee’s hive. They weren’t right for him. He tried out a hollow log, too, but he learned that that was better for a frog. This rhyming picture book written by Barbara Seuling and illustrated by Kay Chorao will have young readers testing out all kinds of houses . . . until they find the one just right for them. And . . . maybe . . . just maybe, it’s the one they are already living in.
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FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group
“This is a book about houses for animals and humans,” said Philippe.
“Every animal keeps safe in their homes just like in our homes,” said Jake.
“I think this book is about the perfect house,” said Marta.
“I like the way that Barbara made the kid in the story always want to live in a different home,” said Kurtis. “I think that the boy was trying to look for something more than just his ordinary house.”
“It’s weird,” said Jake. “He had a house.”
“He had his own bed, too,” said Kurtis. “So, why was he looking for another house?”
“He wanted to see other houses,” said Anya.
“Maybe he was trying to find a better home,” said Juan. “A better place than where he lived.”
“He might try living in a squirrel’s home or a mole’s home,” said Kurtis.
“Or maybe he just wanted to see where other animals’ houses were,” said Hannah.
“Everybody has their own way of homes,” said Juan. “Beavers live in lodges made of mud and sticks and birds live in nests.”
“I would not like to be a bird,” said Katie-Erin.
“And he couldn’t live with the bats,” said Greg, “because he couldn’t sleep upside down.”
“Actually, some kids can hang on monkey bars like that,” said Olivia and she laughed.
“He couldn’t fit in a beehive either,” said Sarit.
“Yep! He would get stung,” said Philippe.
“Well, maybe he was just looking for facts about other homes,” said Jake.
“I relax, eat, and sleep in my home,” said Pritka. “But, it would be fun to live in a different home,” she said.
“A house for me is a place where I study,” said Philippe.
“A good house for me,” said Keisha, “is a little brick house with a little, cozy bed.”
“Well, I would like to live in a mansion because it’s humongous,” said Lucy.
“I’d like to live in the White House because there are probably a lot of bathrooms in there,” said Juan.
“I’d like to live in a future house like space people,” said Philippe, “because their houses have monorails.”
“Almost everyone has a home,” said Juan. “Even if it’s a tree, hole, or pond . . . it’s a home.”
“Well, I think my home is just right for me,” said Becky. “But, I would never leave my house without telling my mom or dad.”
“I think the boy was thinking about what it would be like in other homes,” said Juan. “But in the end, he realized that one house was right for him . . . and that was his own.”
THE SHAPE OF THINGS Geometry
What do a pumpkin, a shoe, and gingerbread all have in common? Why, they are all houses, of course. Peter put his wife in a pumpkin. Silly man! The old woman lived in a shoe with so many children . . . well, you know the rest. And a gingerbread house is good enough to eat. Houses come in many different shapes and sizes and children can discover the many shapes in their own houses.
Introduce and discuss the following geometrical shapes. (square, rectangle, circle, triangle) Have children locate and name shapes in their classroom.
For HOMEFUN, ask them to search their homes and make a list of geometrical shapes they find.
Then have the children draw a picture of their house. Encourage them to use as many geometrical shapes as they can.
MY HOUSE is RIGHT FOR ME! Social Studies
Have children bring in a picture of their home. Let each child describe their house and tell why it is a good house for them.
My house is the right house for me because …….I have my own bedroom.
My house is the right house for me because…….my mommy lives there and she loves me.
(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)
Jan Brett Gingerbread Baby House:
Miniature Gingerbread House (recipe)
THE PERFECT CLUBHOUSE by Daniel J. Mahoney
A HOUSE FOR A HERMIT CRAB by Eric Carle
THIS IS MY HOUSE by Arthur Dorros