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A family.
A house.
A neighborhood.
A place to play.
A place to feel safe.

Little by little, baby Tracy grows. She and her neighbors begin to rescue their street. Together, children and adults plant grass and trees and bushes in the empty spaces. They paint murals over old ...

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Overview

A family.
A house.
A neighborhood.
A place to play.
A place to feel safe.

Little by little, baby Tracy grows. She and her neighbors begin to rescue their street. Together, children and adults plant grass and trees and bushes in the empty spaces. They paint murals over old graffiti. They stop the cars. Everything begins to blossom.

In Jeannie Baker's striking, natural collages, an urban community reclaims its land. A drab city street becomes a living, thriving neighborhood — a place to call home.

A wordless picture book that observes the changes in a neighborhood from before a girl is born until she is an adult, as it first decays and then is renewed by the efforts of the residents.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Like Window, Home features Baker's signature collages, each a treasury of constantly changing details. Almost as powerful as the civic and environmental messages in these books is the awareness of time passing. But where Window equates that passage with entropy and loss, Home sees possibility. — Elizabeth Ward
Publishers Weekly
Jeannie Baker projects a hopeful portrait of urban renewal in Home. As in her previous Window, the picture book unfolds as a wordless series of collages, this time charting the rebirth of a neighborhood as a girl, Tracy, grows up. Readers watch the community come together as a major clean-up effort gets underway, with lush vegetation rejuvenating the dilapidated neighborhood. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A companion to the beautiful, environmentally aware wordless picture book, Window, Jeannie Baker again shows us chronological, physical and environmental changes through a small frame, literally. On the opening page we see a small collage of two men carrying a dresser, one man carrying a T.V. and a pregnant woman standing near a door. The man and woman are obviously moving into their new home. In each subsequent page we are looking out the window into the backyard and neighborhood of this young family. The first scene shows the parent in a desolate concrete backyard, gazing lovingly at their newborn, the frame of the window has a card that reads "A New Baby...Congratulations!" Over the back fence we see an industrial, run-down neighborhood with billboards and graffiti covered walls . As time goes on the indicators on the windowsill show us how much time has passed, i.e. a mug that says "I am 4" or a note saying, "Dear June, Just imagine—I'm celebrating my 10th birthday with the flu!" while outside the yard we see neighbors cleaning up the neighborhood, trees being planted and a poster that says, "Reclaim your street." This child we have come to know grow up, gets married and has her own child all in the framework of this backyard and neighborhood. Jeannie Baker's stunning, detailed collages and her message of what makes a home and the impact we have on our environment, make this a book you'll want to revisit many times. I often advocate children's books for adults and I would definitely recommend this as a beautifully sentimental housewarming present. 2004, Greenwillow Books, Ages 4 to 6.
—Sharon Levin
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-When baby Tracy is first brought to her new home, the view of the urban neighborhood as seen through her window is not a pleasant one. Billboards and graffiti are everywhere, garbage is strewn across the streets, and only a few meager plants are fighting their way through the cracks in the cement. Bit by bit, as Tracy grows, the area is slowly reclaimed, so that the final view through the window is clean, lush, and green, with birds nesting peacefully in new trees and vistas that reveal glimpses of the now-visible blue river. In each of the double-page views through the window, readers can note not just the physical changes, but also the people in the community actively engaged in affecting those changes and producing a true home. As she did in Window (Greenwillow, 1991), Baker uses natural materials to create detailed, arresting collages that tell a story in which words are superfluous. Children can pore over these pages again and again and make fresh discoveries with each perusal. Whether enjoyed independently or incorporated into units on the environment, communities, or artistic technique, this is a book to treasure.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As she did in Window (1991), Baker offers an intriguing wordless observation of how a neighborhood changes over time through the vantage point of a double-paned window frame. She views each scene from the same perspective; personal objects on the sill connote the passage of time as a young girl grows into adulthood, e.g., a teddy bear, a cup with "I am Four," a pencil case marked "age 8," a make-up mirror, a university prospectus, and a wedding invitation. The ingenious staging of miniature collage constructions creates a 3-D effect that humanizes the urban changes that transform the community into a place that's "home." The author's note expresses her tenet and belief that "communities are finding ways that their streets can once again become part of people's sense of home and belonging." Brilliant in concept and execution, this fascinating enactment conveys the importance of community in a young person's life. Kids and adults will pore over the tiny details, from building graffiti to people planting gardens and kids walking dogs. It's like looking through a magical lens of time-release photography. Mesmerizing. (Picture book. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780066239354
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 531,821
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeannie Baker is the author-artist of a number of distinguished picture books. Window, the companion book to Home, was a School Library Journal Best Book, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, a Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year, a Young Australian Best Book, and was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her other books include Home in the Sky, an ALA Notable Book, and Where the Forest Meets the Sea, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and the recipient of an IBBY Honor Award and a Friends of the Earth Award in Great Britain. Jeannie Baker makes her home in Sydney, Australia.

Jeannie Baker is the author-artist of a number of distinguished picture books. Window, the companion book to Home, was a School Library Journal Best Book, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, a Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year, a Young Australian Best Book, and was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her other books include Home in the Sky, an ALA Notable Book, and Where the Forest Meets the Sea, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and the recipient of an IBBY Honor Award and a Friends of the Earth Award in Great Britain. Jeannie Baker makes her home in Sydney, Australia.

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