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This Is Our House

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  177 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
A tree has bloomed on a city block outside a house for many years. Inside that house, several generations of a family have grown up. Grandma and Grandpa arrived at the house from a country far away, and Mom and her brothers played on the steps on warm summer days. This little girl learned how to walk on that street, too. Hyewon Yum's This is Our House is a warm story withs ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jen
This is an amazing but simple easy reader about a multi-generational and inter-racial family. These kinds of families are rare in North America and even rarer in picture books, but it is lovely to see that in this book it is just quietly accepted as the way the family is. My kids were happy to see kids who look like them.
Kristine Hansen
Sep 02, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
I wonder how many children grow up with the concept of the family homeplace anymore? But I loved this book, as it reminded me of a time when this was common, for multiple generations to grow up in the same house. The connection of past to present felt good, leaving me with a happy peaceful feeling as I personally read the book. I'm not sure how many children today would connect to this story. Perhaps they would feel the same longing I do, as I read it.
Ann
This is one of the few multicultural books produced this year with Amerasian characters in it. For that alone it should be "notable" but add good writing and you have something worthy of attention. Told from the perspective of a young girl who's mother is 1st generation Korean-American and father is American, it traces her roots and validates her mixed heritage; I have no doubt this will be invaluable to many mixed children in America who are discovering their own identity. The facial expression ...more
Yvonne
Oct 12, 2014 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Author/illustrator, Hyewon Yum, did an amazing job, detailing the life of different generations of a family and the seasons they experienced. This story is about how an immigrant couple who came to another country seeking a better life. It is narrated by the couple’s granddaughter. The couple made a family of their own and their children followed suit. There are few words, but the illustrations speak volumes which makes this story excellent for younger readers. The generations lived in the same ...more
Ashley Green
Sep 22, 2014 Ashley Green rated it it was amazing
This Is Our House does a great job exploring family, history, and culture in a way that is friendly to children (and adults!). I loved the end pages, which read as snapshots of the family's life on yellowed floral wallpaper. Each page of the story of the family features another framed snapshot, as well as a full page illustration of the family members in action. We follow the story of their home, where her grandparents lived when they moved to America, and where she lives now with her parents an ...more
Victoria Hylind
Dec 08, 2014 Victoria Hylind rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
This book tells a story about a family who has lived in one house for several generations. The family has many traditions and major events that have occurred in this house. The house and the traditions it holds is very important to the family. The book starts off with an immigrant family and then progresses onto the family of the little girl girl who is telling the story. This book could be integrated into social studies curriculum to talk about generations of families. This would invite student ...more
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
In a series of candid illustrated snapshots paired with lively full page illustrations this story follows the lives of the family that lives in a brick house. A young girl tells us of the many events that have happened in and around the house, from the stoop her grandparents arrive on with just two suitcases to the sidewalk where two generations of children have learned to walk. Simple, repetitive text is paired beautifully with Yum’s soft watercolor illustrations. It’s great to see a book that ...more
Edward Sullivan
Sep 28, 2013 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely generational family story about milestones and seasons that have been celebrated in the same home.
Christina
Feb 23, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oppl
This book would be good for older kids who still like being read to. They would better appreciate the family history that is the main focus of the book. "This is the street where I learned to walk, just like my mom." The illustrations are great, and I love the picture frame spreads on the left page that capture the moment being discussed. These pictures show up later in the story if you look closely-they are hanging on the walls of the house. The narrative is that of a proud child showing you ev ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Nov 24, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great facial expressions. A little disturbing how much the grandparents aged between when their daughter left for college and returned with her future husband. It's maybe a little simplistic - new immigrants from "far away" have a daughter who goes away to college and yet the whole family (including those now-grandparents) still lives in the same apartment that only has one bedroom for three children. And for such a small apartment, that's one heck of a spacious kitchen. And whatever happened to ...more
Robin
A story of our house -- where a girl's grandparents lived when they first came to this country, her mother grew up, and she is growing up now. We see scenes of family, brothers, seasons, food (favorite soup), first experiences (riding a bike), leaving for college, etc. A simply told story of home and family.


Author/illustrator Hyewon Yum was born in South Korea, now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Monique
Sep 23, 2014 Monique rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, family
Lovely picture book story about an immigrant couple who arrive at their new home, and follows their family through the seasons, years, and events of their lives. Such as the birth of their children, going to school, making a favourite meal, and eventually the marriage of their oldest daughter and the birth of their first grandchild. Such a beautiful yet simple story.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Jan 08, 2016 Miss Pippi the Librarian rated it really liked it
This is Our House goes through a brief history of one family. A part of the home is mentioned then described from a family member. The story is told from a grandchild's point of view. The child mentions her grandparents, parents, as well as their own life in the family home. Sweet story about house, home, and family.
Taylar Brooks
Feb 19, 2015 Taylar Brooks rated it liked it
This Is Our House was a very cute book. Reading it, I thought a lot about my family. So this book really hit home for me. It was about 2 different generations staying and growing up in the same home. Family means a lot to me so this was a good read to me. This book would be good for students from 1st to 4th grade.
Barbara
When does a house become a home? This picture book suggests that this happens over time as generations grow up in the place and put their own special marks on it through simple experiences. A young Korean American girl reflects on how her grandparents moved into the house, raised a family, and enjoyed good times, including good meals. After their daughter [the girl's mother]leaves for college, she returns with her husband and then later gives birth to the narrator. I love the cyclical nature of ...more
Stacy
Feb 09, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This book shows how through memories and everyday things a house becomes a home.
Molly
Sep 05, 2014 Molly rated it liked it
Devin will like that the grandparents seem to be living there too.
Alisha
I like that this book presented having a home that goes through multiple generations of a family is a good thing. Anti commercialism in the housing market-- which I think is such an understated value nowadays.
Danielle
Apr 16, 2014 Danielle added it
Shelves: picture-books
Love this sweet, circular family history.
Mckinley
Apr 01, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it
A sense of history of a family living in the same house over several generations.
Kristen
Feb 14, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Home <3
Paula
Feb 26, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it
Read for Kindergarten Story Time 2.25.2014.

I love the feeling of living in the same house, growing up on the same street, and learning to do the same things as your parents, grandparents, and maybe even great grandparents did. The kids didn't like this as well as some of other books I read. It may be that they didn't quite grasp the concept until I explained it more.
Samantha
Aug 22, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
A Korean-American girl introduces readers to the house her family has lived in for two generations. Each landmark represents a memory and the two page spreads are laid out with what looks like a photo on the left and a fully imagined memory relating to a specific area of the house or neighborhood.

Watercolor artwork imbues the story with warmth. PreK-2.
Mary Anne
Dec 30, 2013 Mary Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A very simple story about three generations living through the years in one house.
Bethe
Oct 08, 2013 Bethe rated it liked it
Pleasant story of a house where 3 generations live. Only noteworthy aspect of book are the Asian characters, which are only really evident in the illustrations when the red headed Anglo boyfriend shows up.
Marissa García
Oct 02, 2013 Marissa García rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family, home
A truly tender tale of a home and the life it has witnessed. With gorgeous pastel illustrations and lots of character, this is quality picture book.
Peacegal
Jul 29, 2013 Peacegal rated it liked it
The illustrations are pretty and the sense of history is interesting, even if it is a bit too idealized and "Kodak moment" for my taste.
Rainey
Nov 02, 2015 Rainey rated it really liked it
Lovely story about family.
Brindi
Dec 26, 2013 Brindi rated it really liked it
perfect for a family-themed story time
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Hyewon Yum is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed books for children. She has received the Society of Illustrator's Founder's Award, the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, an Honorable Mention for the Bologna Ragazzi Award, and the Golden Kite Award for her work. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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