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Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 7/15/2009 Pages: 64 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Creative Editions (first published 2009)
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arcobaleno
Nov 11, 2014 arcobaleno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cristina
La Storia in miniature
Non saprei come definire questo libro, come sintetizzarlo. E' storia, è arte, è poesia; è ricordo, è vita. E' un luogo; ed è il tempo.
Le illustrazioni di Roberto Innocenti sono piccoli capolavori: miniature da "leggere" e scoprire con attenzione. Poi ci sono le parole di accompagnamento: semplici e ritmate, in cui Roberto Piumini è maestro. E, insieme, raccontano, attraverso le trasformazioni di una casa, la vita di quattro generazioni, e un secolo di Storia; si alternano l
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Rebecca
I liked this book for its incredible detail (Where's Waldo fans might like it); because no one does lighting like Roberto Innocenti (the cover image is the best); and because I love the idea of a house having feelings and preferring to be full of life ("I am a House but I am home to none" is a particularly sad line). J. Patrick Lewis turns a good phrase, as always, and this would be a good book to illustrate seasons changing and generations passing. Yet I'm not sure who the intended audience is. ...more
Shannon
Jul 22, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it
Something drew me to this book over the weekend. While in a little shop looking at cards for my grandmother, I spotted this book in the corner. A children's book...? Please. Picture book, at that! Yet, the longer I stayed and the more cards I found, this book seemed to call, "Hello, there.... Come look! Enter my pages. Join my world." In the end and on the whim of the century, I picked it up and left with it and my cards.

The premise...? A very old house, from the 1600's and a plague year, is lef
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Ana
A história de uma casa contada pela própria, ou como as marcas da História se revelam nas paredes e na paisagem envolvente. As pessoas chegam e partem e a casa testemunha o passar dos tempos, mudando com eles. Através de uma escrita poética e ilustrações elaboradíssimas, sempre a partir do mesmo plano, plenas de pormenores que vão mudando, vai-se revelando a alma do lugar em ciclos de destruição e renovação.



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Logan Williams
Feb 26, 2015 Logan Williams rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction:
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this unusual book. I loved how the author personified the house to as if it were telling the reader the story of its life. It really goes to show how time impacts everything on earth such as both humans and structures. The imagination that went into this book was incredible in regards to how even at the end of the house's life, a new house was reborn where it stood to serve another family that will enjoy the new house as much as the older fami
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Emily
Poetry going through the lifetime of a house. It offers an interesting perspective of the house that i had never really thought of.
Polly
May 27, 2014 Polly rated it really liked it
Very beautiful and moving.
Alison
This book was wonderful in the sense that it is about a tale surrounding a house that has things happen to it through the course of history. For instance, it mentions World War II, and the modern era of house architecture. I believe the author was very clever in writing this story for a house does and can have many tales surrounding its existence. I would have my students take the knowledge they learned from this story and go ask an old relative in their family about the history that they lived ...more
Becca
Dec 19, 2015 Becca rated it it was amazing
Incredible. So hauntingly sad and beautiful. The illustrations are breathtaking. My word, everyone should read this.
Marta Boksenbaum
Feb 09, 2013 Marta Boksenbaum rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
This is a beautiful book full of intricate illustrations that remind me of medieval/gothic paintings. The reader follows a house through history and sees the lives of those who live there as well. The concise poetry large on white background serve as a contrast against the double-page illustrations full of color and action. As beautiful as the pictures are, they are also accessible to children who enjoy finding treasures in them. Each picture tells many stories.
gillian
Jan 19, 2013 gillian rated it it was amazing
Again, get this for the artwork alone (Roberto Innocenti). It's magical. It's the story of a house and the years and years it lives and how it comes to life with the different families that live inside it, and how it's shaped by time and the events of the world. It's just a damn house but this sucker can nearly bring tears. It's a beautiful, beautiful book that you should probably read to a kid, and then just to yourself when they're not around.
Alison Lake
Apr 30, 2011 Alison Lake rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book to read to children of all ages. The house is the narrator and it tells it's story throughout the decades as it changes. The pictures show the same view of the house and the reader can see how it changes based on what is happening in history at a given time. The kids loved it and I loved it, too!
Christine Turner
Jun 08, 2012 Christine Turner rated it really liked it
A stone-and-mortar house watches a century pass and inhabitants come and go in this illustrated book from 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Roberto Innocenti.

One on one read-a-loud...The illustrations are very detailed. Best used wioth upper elementary school children or tweens.
Agnes
Apr 20, 2010 Agnes rated it it was ok
Shelves: j-nonfiction
An interesting portrayal of the life of a house, from 1900 to 1999, with a short introductory verse for each pictorial.
“Each season watched my wilderness abide
The plague-and-ash-heap history of the hill,
Let time and toil temper me until
I feel my ancient stones refortified.”
Marianna
Innocenti's illustrations are amazing. I love the detail and the light. I'm particularly fond of books that show the progression of time and this was one of the best in terms of rich illustration. Lewis's rich poetry just adds to the overall effect.
Kathleen
Jan 16, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
This book is a work of art. Innocenti's masterful artwork paired with Lewis's poems create a picture book that needs to be savored!

The House reminds us that our homes are more than a roof and four walls, they have a life of their own.
Karen
Jan 30, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
Absolutely loved the pictures!!! The changes over time to a European home in the country as illustrated by Roberto Innocenti is breath-taking.
Jennifer
Feb 16, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Absolutely fabulous illustrations... the verse is definitely not written for children, but perhaps and adult picture book...
Laurie
Nov 17, 2009 Laurie rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Review to come for Library Media Connection. Thought it was rather bizarre; not sure who the audience is.
Ginny
Feb 07, 2011 Ginny rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2011
Beautiful artwork
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Italian illustrator Roberto Innocenti (born 1940) is known for his highly detailed, painterly style and his devotion to realistic representation in such classic works as Cinderella, The Adventures of Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol, and Nutcracker. He is also the illustrator of an original Holocaust tale, Rose Blanche, that has been highly publicized throughout Europe and the United States. Innocenti ...more
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