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4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  352 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
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, a
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 16th 2004 by Greenwillow Books (first published March 1st 2004)
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Jul 25, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, realism
Wordless picture book about neighbors gradually improving their grotty living area. Nice story, but what really stands out are Baker's realistic and detail-filled collaged illustrations.
Feb 04, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It is so beautiful and heartfelt, so detailed and thoughtful and sweet and inspiring. Through illustrations only, we follow a little girl from her birth day as she grows up; we see only the backyard and a bit of the city through the window but, oh, what a story that little glimpse tells! For it is not only the story of the girl growing up, but of the neighborhood becoming more aware of its problems, most especially in that it is not a very attractive place to live and no one ...more
Lisa Vegan
Feb 16, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Wow! Fabulous book! This is my first Jeannie Baker book; I have three others at home and I’m trying to get all of them. I can’t imagine I’ll like any of the others as much as I love this one though.

This is a mostly wordless picture book, wonderfully illustrated with collage art. The story is of a child as she grows from infancy to motherhood and career, and mostly of the home and street and neighborhood where she makes her home.

It’s touching and sweet and inspiring. This is a fiction book, but t
Mar 13, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a terrific "wordless" book that tells about the life of a little girl and indeed a whole neighborhood through snapshots out of the same window year after year. There are always little clues as to the age of little Tracy and we watch her grow up through the scenes in her backyard. Watching the scenery in the neighborhood change is fascinating, too, as the broken-down and graffiti-covered walls slowly transform into beautiful and well-maintained facades. We really enjoyed "reading" this ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Home, a wordless picture book, created by Jeannie Baker is an absolute treasure. Baker’s attention to detail unexpectedly begins on the page coinciding with the copyright information. This page differs from the others, as it is not a window. Baker presents the reader with a glimpse into Tracy’s home by showing a simple, petite picture of what seems to be Tracy’s pregnant mother (pregnant with Tracy), father, and two movers moving furniture into the room that Baker uses as her “window” of ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Desolation. Who wants it? Well, in general, no one I know; and yet if we turn our backs on all the desolate places (geographic or in the human heart) pretty soon everything will be waste. That is why I love this book: it is a book about bringing SHALOM, or life as it ought to be, to a desolate place. It is a picture book with a view out the same window, with each successive page coming forward about two years. Children love the "I spy" activity of searching for what has changed, and parents and ...more
A beautiful, nearly-wordless book shows the view from one window as a baby grows up and the street outside is transformed into a beautiful place to live. So much to look at here -- a great book for community, narrative skills, passage of time, and urban renewal.

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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 bu
Aug 26, 2008 Alissa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone
This wordless picture book follows a girl growing up in the city. It starts when her mother was pregnant with her and finishes with the girl becoming a mother herself. The pictures are from the viewpoint of the girls room in her house. She can see her backyard and surrounding shops, restaurants, and the rest of the neighborhood. Throughout the pages as the girl grows up, she and the neighborhood plants flowers, trees, and bushes in the yards. The story emphasizes the importance of keeping nature ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Trace rated it it was amazing
Loved this wordless book about building community by cumulative little acts of gardening..... so beautiful.
Charles Martin
Feb 01, 2011 Charles Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
AMAZING! The book shows the window view of a backyard as an urban neighborhood returns the community to a more natural state. This book is perfect for introducing a unit on the environment or community gardens. The pictures are incredibly detailed and provide an opportunity for younger students to compare and contrast changes in the images or predict future improvements in the community. Finally, the end of the book includes a note from the author explaining author purpose and discussing the ...more
Victoria Schmidt
Dec 04, 2016 Victoria Schmidt rated it it was amazing
Title: Home
Author: Jeannie Baker
Illustrator: Jeannie Baker
Genre: Wordless picture book
Theme: No place like home, Environment, Urban city life, Life cycle
Opening line/ sentence: N/A

Brief book summary: This book begins with a small picture of a man and his pregnant wife moving into a house. The next page of the book shows a large window and outside of the window is a very industrial community. Each page represents the next two years of their daughter, Tracy’s life. We mostly see Tracy outside turn
Samantha Westall
Oct 18, 2016 Samantha Westall rated it really liked it
Beautiful multimedia images that depicts the through her bedroom window the home's backyard and street as she grows older and how it all changes.
Sep 30, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it
Loved the pictures, cool story.
Jessica Gilligan
Oct 02, 2014 Jessica Gilligan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
Baker, Jeanie. (2004). Home. Greenwillow Books.

Picture Book: Wordless.

2005 Notable Children's Book

I was engrossed "reading" this book. There are so many details on every page, and the story unfolds as each page changes; grows; evolves. The book tells the story (in pictures only) of a girl and the community she lives in. It chronicles her life by showing the same image (a viewpoint looking out of a window in her house) taken every two years. The story begins as a young family with a new baby mov
Mar 04, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Home by Jeannie Baker is a wordless look at the growth of a child and the parallel growth and transformation of the area where her family lives into a real community.

Baker's very detailed illustrations were prepared as collage constructions using some natural materials that were reproduced in full color from photographs. Most illustrations are double page spreads. I loved the transformation of the teddy bear. My favorite images are bear, plant gift, birthday gift, closed off, bike, night kiss,
Feb 18, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
A sweet wordless book about a family who brings new life into their neighborhood.

Text to self:
Right off the bat I can connect to the idea of moving to a new place. I spent my entire childhood moving around every couple of years. The idea of making a new place my own is a reality I am familiar with. I love the process of putting down literal and figurative roots in a new place.

Text to text:
This book reminds me of a children's book I used in the reading intervention I've done with students. The b
Apr 29, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
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.
- Tha
Maeve Mc Hugh
Mar 24, 2014 Maeve Mc Hugh rated it really liked it
This picture/collage book by Jeannie Baker proves the saying that a picure can paint a thousand words. The story centres on Tracy, a little girl that is born into an urban community. At the time of her birth, the neighbourhood is in bad need of community spirit and attention. Buildings are rundown, crime is rife, graffiti covers walls and there is little evidence of a safe neighbourhood to grow up in. The pictures are taken from inside Tracy's living room; a framed photo on the windowsill tells ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
I found this book to be a bit hard to follow since there were no words in it. However, I think this would be a great story to read aloud to children and see what they interpret from it. The setting is pretty relatable for most people. The pictures start with a family and a baby, and show how a community can be transformed. The illustrations are beautiful. They exhibit tree planting, painting over graffiti and most importantly, cleaning up their neighborhood. Things begin to transform for the new ...more
Ariel Compton
Sep 30, 2015 Ariel Compton rated it it was amazing
Home is a wordless picture book about a young girl and her neighborhood that grows as much as she grows. As she grows older her 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 and everything begins to blossom. Baker uses full page illustrations which make the story come alive to the reader. Some of the characteristics this wordless picture book are the illustrations are highly ...more
Jul 02, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
As Tracy grows up, the view outside her window slowly begins to change as the community decides to improve their neighborhood by planting trees and bushes, painting over graffiti, and fixing up crumbling buildings, which leads readers to the question, what exactly does it mean to be home? Is it just a building you live in? Or is it something more?

This is quite a unique picture book because every page is the same view outside Tracy's window, but you slowly begin to see how that view changes and m
Jun 13, 2015 Alexandria rated it it was amazing
This is a book with no words, but that makes it absolutely fantastic for small children.

When I read it with the boys, they each made up their own story, encouraged to get into details by all the visual cues in the story.

Standing on its own merit, Home> shows the way a neighborhood can be changed, for better or worse, over the course of years. It illustrates the way a family changes and how neighbors can become as close as family in the right circumstances. The beauty of nature and of, in the
Sandra Jones
Wordless book.

Text-to-text-this text reminded me a lot of the song "Staring out the Window" by Fulton Lights, just because the whole premise of the story is told through a window.

Text-to-self- this text reminded me a lot of being at my own home and looking out my window. It was cool to see the change throughout the story as shown through just the window. It reminded me of how my neighborhood has changed, just since I have been living there.

Text-to-world- I found it very interesting to see how th
Aug 02, 2011 Dylan rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant! My new favorite book. Hopeful, doable, growing, connecting. Be the change you seek. This picture book is about urban renewal, but it so remarkably shows how urban renewal is also about community and healthy people. The tiny details of suffering and alienation at the start of the book are poignant and powerful. The gradually transformations of the city are also evident in a life that is more whole, more social, more human, more loving.

You'll see new things on every 'read' o
Michael Fitzgerald
Jan 25, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Apparently Jeannie Baker is all concerned about the environment, dwindling resources, etc. If this is the case, perhaps she should save some trees by not writing the same book again. Her 1991 Window pretty much did this already - so why do we need another year-by-year view out of the same window, watching the neighborhood evolve? Oh right, because this time it's from the girl's perspective instead of the boy's. But it's all just the same stuff. Baker has nothing new to show us, it seems.
Feb 10, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: february
I really enjoyed this wordless book because I love reading stories where the pictures do the telling and explaining. This book was interesting in that it showed the growth, change, progression, and development stages throughout life. It is interesting to see how the connections we once had with one another outside our homes and within our communities was very unified and strengthened, but have now been disconnected and weakened. We should be hopeful and strive to re-create those friendships and ...more
Haily Kokinakis
Feb 18, 2014 Haily Kokinakis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february
I looked at this book in class and I really enjoyed looking at it. It is the kind of picture book that makes you think. When you're a teacher you want your students to think and to use their imagination. That is the bi reason I liked it. As the years went by in the book it allowed you to think about what happened in between these keystone moments. I would definitely use this book in my classroom and while using it ask students to help me tell the story while they look at the pictures. Each time ...more
Through the view of a girl's bedroom window we see the changes over the years in an urban landscape. The first view through the window shows a couple bringing home a baby. Their yard is paved over and the neighborhood is stark and concrete. As the girl grows, the paved yard becomes a lawn and a garden is added. The former car repair lot becomes a park. Billboards come down and new buildings are constructed. The author's message is that communities are bringing a sense of home to their ...more
Matt Griffiths
Apr 28, 2015 Matt Griffiths rated it it was amazing
Lovely book for any KS2 class looking at theme of regeneration and even the possibility of gentrification.

beautifully illustrated, each page takes you on a journey as a very deprived town is regenerated. Although each page maintains the same view, you are able to identify what happens when a town is regenerated and what the impact is for the people who live there and the surrounding area.

Jeannie Baker is an author who writes about themes which are fantastic for discussion and topic.

Kayleena Nielson
Oct 09, 2014 Kayleena Nielson rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. It was so sweet and pleasant to see how wonderful and precious life truth is. It made me not want to take for grated my life. I love how this can express so many things without any words. A picture is truly worth a thousand (or more) words. I recommend this for all ages. You can ask children what age they think the girl is and what they would be doing when they are that age. I have officially fallen in love with picture books.
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Jeannie Baker is the author-illustrator of a number of children’s picture books, including the critically celebrated Mirror and the award-winning Where the Forest Meets the Sea. Born in England, she now lives in Australia.
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