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Let's Go Home: The Wonderful Things about a House

Let's Go Home: The Wonderful Things about a House

by Cynthia Rylant, Wendy Anderson Halperin (Illustrator)
What's the best room in the house?
Is it the kitchen with its wonderful aromas and goodies?
Or is it the front porch, where guests flock to visit on summer nights?
Maybe it's the cozy bedroom, when you are snuggling deep under the covers on winter mornings.


What's the best room in the house?
Is it the kitchen with its wonderful aromas and goodies?
Or is it the front porch, where guests flock to visit on summer nights?
Maybe it's the cozy bedroom, when you are snuggling deep under the covers on winter mornings.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an oversize yet cozy-looking picture book, Rylant and Halperin explore the components of a home that could easily serve as a setting for this pair's Cobble Street Cousins series. Rylant quickly gets to the heart of her subject: "No matter the kind of house, it is the living inside that makes it wonderful." From there, she conducts readers onto the front porch, over the threshold and into various rooms. In the living room, "there is usually a big sofa," and maybe a fireplace in front of which "husbands and wives who have been married a long time will spend the evening reading or sewing or simply being quiet together." The kitchen is "the room that reminds people to look after each other." And bedrooms "shelter us from the world like no other rooms can." While the author speaks thoughtfully and in general terms about the feelings that rooms conjure for many people, the illustrator focuses on one particular multigenerational family and the colorful lives they lead in their comfortably cluttered house. Halperin's watercolorssometimes featuring multiple snapshot-like scenes of the same room on one pagebrim with idiosyncratic details suggestive of the inhabitants' personalities. Even when the text approaches preciousness ("The smell of cookies makes every person as nice as he can be"), the note of welcome sounds clearly. Readers will want to linger here. All ages. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In evocative language, with heart-felt enthusiasm, Rylant tours a representative generic house, room by room, from porch to attic. The joy of the ever-changing activities in each space are lovingly detailed, from those of the children, dog, and cat, to grandparents. Halperin tells the visual story in colored line drawings, which create the infinite objects that accumulate in homes. In large scenes and in some smaller than comic strips, with changing decorative corners, she produces an irresistible reality demanding close examination and rereading to see it all. "Happy Living" is the final note. Check out the difference between the paper jacket and the cover. 2002, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Describing the individual rooms in a house, Rylant moves from porch to attic, stopping by the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms in between. In a quiet, warm mood, the narrative delineates the gestures and activities of a multigenerational household. Halperin brings a multitude of details to life using a pastel palette of gold, green, peach, and rose. Attractive spot art picks up one item from a room, such as a hanging basket from the porch or a teapot from the kitchen, as a visual clue for readers. The love of reading is apparent-books appear throughout the dwelling. This title is similar to Daniele Bour's The House from Morning to Night Kane Miller, 1998), which chronicles each hour of the day. Because there will be something new to discover in the art with subsequent read- ings, children will repeatedly choose this book for one-on-one sharing.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The warmth and reassurance of home are put in very concrete terms in this pleasing offering from the creators of the Cobble Stone Cousins series. From the front porch, which is loveliest at Christmas, to the living room, where "that is exactly what people do," to the kitchen "that reminds people to look after each other," this is a paean to the comforts of home. The bathroom, from its dinosaur sponge to its scented emollients, and the attic full of stuff, are not neglected, either. Rylant is up to her usual offhand lyricism, although she uses the old-fashioned (and off-putting) "he" as a generic: "Ask anyone to name his favorite place in a house and he will almost always say the kitchen." Halperin's detailed illustrations are full of things sure to be in someone's house somewhere: the sea-green refrigerator, the sugar bowl with the loons painted on it, a beautiful multicolored teapot. This is a house full of pets and children; stuffed animals are everywhere, a collection of marionettes hangs from the walls, and there are mobiles and toys and lovingly delineated furniture. What there isn't, interestingly enough, is any indication of television, telephones, stereo systems, or computers. Could be very cozy indeed for reading aloud and poring over. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Wendy Anderson Halperin is an acclaimed artist who has illustrated dozens of books for children, including Let’s Go Home by Cynthia Rylant, Soft House by Jane Yolen, and Turn, Turn, Turn! by Peter Seeger. She lives in South Haven, Michigan.

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

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