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by Shelley Rotner, Amy Goldbas

A home is more than a house. There are many different kinds of homes. What do they have in common Colorful and diverse photographs show how people make a home as they eat, sleep, work, play, and love.


A home is more than a house. There are many different kinds of homes. What do they have in common Colorful and diverse photographs show how people make a home as they eat, sleep, work, play, and love.

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Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Everyone's home looks different, physically, but a home is much more than a house. This simple text is highlighted by the photographs of different homes and people in their homes in all different ways of life. Small homes, big homes, city homes, country homes, waterfront, and mobile homes are all pictured. And a home does more than just provide a place to live. It is a place to feel secure, be loved, and do all sorts of activities. Even homeless people are featured. Even though they don't have a physical home, people in the community can help them. The photographs depict people of all walks of life. It shows the happiness that comes from having a home to go to and makes the reader aware of those who don't. The back of the book shares facts about homelessness, ways to help those who are homeless, and websites for more information. This is a great book for teachers, guidance counselors, or parents who want to help children understand the essence of what "home" is and how to help those who don't have a home. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Richly detailed photographs portray diverse types of families, what they do at home, and where they live. The text shows different styles of housing, families living together in communities, and the feelings that are evoked by calling a place home. Homelessness is briefly addressed. However, it is unclear whether this book is about types of dwellings, family love and support, or homelessness. The dark backgrounds do not enhance the narrative or the full-color photos. Additional material on homelessness and outreach is provided as back matter. While the images are clear and captivating, the book's lack of focus makes it a marginal purchase.—Melissa Smith, Youth Services Librarian, Royal Oak Public Library, MI

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Shelley Rotner's Early Childhood Library
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.30(d)
AD190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Shelley Rotner is a noted freelance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic's World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, and numerous others. She is also the author and photo-illustrator of over 30 award-winning children's books. Her most recent books include Many Ways, Every Season, and Feeling Thankful.

Shelley has also traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children, women, and education. Currently, Ms. Rotner is working on a collection of large, hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels.

Shelley Rotner received her undergraduate degree in photography and psychology from Syracuse University and a dual Master's degree in elementary education and museum education from Bank Street College.

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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
If you look around you or through pages in a book or magazine, you will see many different kinds of houses. They are made of many different kinds of materials, some are tall, some are small, and some like houseboats are even on the water, but "a home is more than a house." In the pages of this book you can see families of all sorts. There are families that smile at you from porches or doorways, some are sitting down to read together, one has gathered around a disabled member sitting in a wheelchair, while others are sitting down to a meal together. Some homes are in big cities and "some are in the country." There are even homes that are hitched to the back of a car and move around. Homes are places where you can keep out of the elements and they are also places "where you should feel safe." Homes are especially good places to "love and be loved," where you can find hugs, kisses, and can be cuddled. You can see children playing a violin, putting out the recycle, watering plants, reading, working on the computer, and doing crafts with Grandma. Kids can munch on apples, enjoy a glass of milk, enjoy fruit pops, lick the drips falling from ice cream cones, or have dinner with everyone. Home is a place for everything from play, bath time, to nestling in a bed getting ready to sleep, but there are those who don't have advantages that many do. In this book you will also get to take a look at people who don't have homes and "people who help those in their community who are homeless." This is a very interesting book for children that discusses what comprises a "home," but also touches on homelessness. I liked how this book expressed the meaningful aspects of home and what they mean to children. The full color photographs that accompany the text say as much as the words do. The full impact of this book comes in the final pages when we see examples of the homeless, including one young boy. In the back of the book there are bullets that gives statistical information about homelessness and then another that gives suggestions on how children can help. There are also a few recommended websites to explore. This book is quite well done and, on one level, stunning. Quill says: This book gently tells children about homelessness, a social issue that is often seen, but needs to be talked about ... even with younger school children. It would make an excellent read and discuss book in the homeschool or classroom setting.