This House is Made of Mudd: Esta Casa Esta Hecha de Lodo
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This House is Made of Mudd: Esta Casa Esta Hecha de Lodo

by Ken Buchanan, Libba Tray, National Geographic Learning
     
 

Chosen by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as a gift to every first grader in the state, this story describes the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and a family whose lives are intertwined with the environment and the home they make from adobe.

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Chosen by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as a gift to every first grader in the state, this story describes the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and a family whose lives are intertwined with the environment and the home they make from adobe.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This quiet, lyrical book about a small house in the Sonoran desert brings to mind the joint efforts of Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall. The narrator, an unseen child, relates everything about her environment in words of simple beauty: ``This house is round, like the Earth, and the Sun, and the Moon. . . . This house was made of mud by our family. Made from the same thing our Earth is made of.'' The child describes the weather (``The Sun comes every day. The Wind comes, but never stays'') and the local creatures (``Everyone has a name, but they are all called Friends, because they share our yard''), capturing the unique and exotic allure of the desert. The pages are well designed, with generous amounts of white surrounding each illustration further enhancing the sense of desert open space. The watercolor paintings are executed in the lush hues of a Southwestern sunset. This debut collaboration is a lovely evocation of a child's appreciation for--and sense of security in--her own small corner of the world. Ages 3-6. (June)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The story emphasizes harmony with nature. The house in the book is similar to the one that Ken and Debby built and lived in. Coincidentally, the story sold within one month of the house's completion. The book became an immediate success and is now a Reading Rainbow selection. The rhyming text is beautifully illustrated with watercolors by Libba Tracy. It has been so successful that a bilingual Spanish/English version has been released.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873585804
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Reading Rainbow Series
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,172,692
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 8.13(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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