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A House Is a House for Me

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  788 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
In a rollicking rhyme, the author introduces us to all types of homes for both people and animals. The poem engages in flights of fancy - what about a husk being a house for an ear of corn, or a throat being a house for a hum? "And once you get started in thinking this way,/ It seems that whatever you see/ Is either a house or it lives in a house,/ And a house is a house f ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published July 29th 1982 by Picture Puffin (first published 1978)
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Sophia Triad
Dec 03, 2016 Sophia Triad rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is a very good book for KG children.
It is creative and it helps children’s imagination.
The illustrations are awesome.
The book displays houses of different animals, insects, humans, living creatures in general:

“A hill is a house for an ant.
A hive is a house for a bee.”

And also more sequential conclusions:

“A kennel’s a house for a dog.
A dog is a house for a flea….
And then it may move in on me!”

But it does not stop there. It also gives you an idea about more abstract conceptions:

“A box is a
Apr 17, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this book! It is informative and imaginative and fun-fun-fun. The illustrations are enchanting. This is one that I adored as a little girl--it's so neat to see all the different types of houses for people and creatures and even things! I'm so grateful to Chandra for reminding me about this gem!!!
Lisa Vegan
Apr 10, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
Fantastic!!! This is a wonderfully imaginative, playful, and delightful book.

The illustrations are truly amazing. A reader/listener could carefully view the book multiple times and continually notice more and more in each intricate picture.

The story rhyme is wonderful. My favorite is probably “A book is a house for a story.” I also loved all the various playhouses for children that show up in the illustrations.

I am very tempted to buy this for myself (to share too, not just to reread) but I thi
Krista Lineweaver
Mar 11, 2012 Krista Lineweaver rated it really liked it
A House Is a House for Me, written by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Betty Fraser, is a book of poetry for children in the Primary years (five- eight years old). It was awarded the National Book Award. It is a story about different animals and objects and where they live. The story lists all of these things in rhyme, so the children will have fun listening to the story and the reader will enjoy reading the story to children. The rhyming and the extensive vocabulary used in the book will ex ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This bouncy rhyme makes a great readaloud. At first glance, you think it's a book about different homes for different types of animals, and, indeed, the poem starts out that way. However, toward the end it becomes more of a description of different types of containers, some more abstract ("my head is a house for a secret...") than others. The text is accompanied by Betty Fraser's charming, highly detailed drawings that lend an old-fashioned feeling to the poem. Hoberman here has taken a concrete ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing
A lot of people in the children's book biz advise against writing rhyming picture books, not because they're against them per se, but because when they're bad they seem extra bad. And there's so much to get wrong - not just avoiding overused rhyming words (can we get a ban on "nose" and "toes"?) but also perfecting the cadence and rhythm and strong beats, etc. A House is a House for Me shows what happens when everything goes right, though. It's simply delightful.
Jul 20, 2007 Julie rated it it was amazing
This was my mother's favorite book to read to me when I was young. I recently contacted the author and asked her if I sent her the copies of the book with a self addressed stamped envelope would she sign one and return it for my mother. She DID! It was the perfect gift. Very cool.
Mar 03, 2015 Claire marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm so excited, have just ordered this and am patiently playing the waiting game. We used to sing this in school in England (talking more than 20 years ago, wow I feel old) and I sing it to my kids. Very excited to revisit! =D
Feb 17, 2017 Amy rated it it was amazing
Original, funny, and inspires creativity in children.
Dec 10, 2016 Mandy rated it liked it
I gave it only three stars because sometimes it got a little weird and also I was reading it to English Language Learners and I don't think it was the best choice for them.
Courtney Stempinski
A House is a House for Me explains all the different housing that animals and objects have in our world. The author mentions everything from humans, horses, hippos, fleas, to clowns, giraffes, monkeys, etc. Every so often, the author brings it back to that "a house is a house for me." The book is wrote in a rhyming style, so its repitition becomes very catchy.

I like this book because it introduces that different species have different habitats, plus it provides many examples and illustrations. T
Sep 13, 2016 Sandy rated it really liked it
A fun book to read. We are doing a unit on houses and this one was a great introduction. The rhyming scheme made it a fun and fluid book choice.
Megan Baker
Oct 28, 2011 Megan Baker rated it it was amazing
A house I A House For Me is a book of poetry intended for primary readers. Although this book alone did not win awards, the author Mary Ann Hoberman is the thirteenth winner of the prestigious NCTE award for excellence in poetry for children. In this book it describes the many homes for different animals and objects. Although farfetched, just about everything in the world has a home. Bunny's homes are hutches, a hive is a home for a bee, and a house is a house for me.
I rated this book five st
Emily Calzi
Mar 05, 2013 Emily Calzi rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
In A House Is a House for Me, Mary A. Hoberman introduces us to all kinds of homes using fun rhymes. We see that "cookie jars are homes for cookies", "a shoe or a boot is a house for a foot", and "a dog is a house for a flea", among many others, but "a house is always a house for me". The more you think and think, the more types of things become houses! This book just shows if you put your mind to it you can think of many, many things.

My favorite part and illustration within the book were the l
Elena Hitch
Apr 18, 2012 Elena Hitch rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
A House is a House for Me is a book with one poem in it. The poem is about the many different types of houses around the world, and how everything either has a house to live in or is a house. They describe houses as things like a web for spiders, a husk for corn, castles for kings, etc. The list goes on and on covering many types of animals and things that need houses. The poem is unique because most children do not have an open mind about what a house actually is, so this book has them think ou ...more
Janna Gifford
Oct 22, 2012 Janna Gifford rated it really liked it
A house is a House for me by Mary Ann Hoberman is a poetry book that is geared towards the nursery age group. I gave this book four stars based on the easiness of the read and the pictures. I think that the book starts off fantastically with colorful art and catches the eyes of children. I think that it is fantastic educational book because the children are learning about where animals’ live as well as different places a house can look like to children. The rhymes throughout the poems are fantas ...more
Susan Riegger
Sep 20, 2012 Susan Riegger rated it it was amazing
This book is a book of children's poetry that would be read to preschoolers and early elementary school students. It won the National Book Award in 1978 and it's author, Mary Ann Hoberman won the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry in 2003 for the many contributions she has made to children's poetry. The poetry in this book has a wonderful predictability that preschoolers enjoy. The familiar words and rhyming keep the attention of the young listener. The book does not need to be read at one sit ...more
Houses of all kinds are the subject of this book filled with wonderfully detailed illustrations and rhyming text. The text flows beautifully and makes this a great read aloud. All sorts of houses for animals are depicted, "a hill is a home for an ant…a hive is a home for a bee…a web is a home for a spider…."
and all sorts of homes for things as well: "a sandwich is home for some ham…a peach is a home for a peach pit…a hangar's a home for a plane…" Even the youngest members of my audience loved th
Rosa Cline
Feb 12, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rosa by: Dolly Parton Imagination Library
My granddaughter got this book in the mail today from being a member of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. They once again choose a very unique and good book. This is a book that when read out loud you almost hear yourself start to sing without knowing your singing it. It points out different animals and what they live in their houses.... even down to milk has a jug as it's house... a dog has a doghouse and sometimes a flea lives on a dog as a house and sometimes the fleas lives on me! (that ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth, poetry
This is a great book for children in so many ways! It is poetry, but it is also an informational story. The author introduces children to the houses of people, animals, and much more. The story builds from simple ideas to some more complex, but still very interesting house ideas. Children are encouraged several times to think of their own ideas for what is a house. The illustrations complement each house idea that is presented in the story and allow children to visualize each idea. There is also ...more
Morgan York
Sep 12, 2012 Morgan York rated it really liked it
I chose this book as my picture book for pattern. This book is about a little boy and in the book he explains all about the different houses there are for different animals or insects. He always makes sure that he mentions how his house is a house for him. I think this book represents pattern well because it continues to talk about houses and where certain things live. It also deals with rhyme a little, which is a form of pattern. Each time he says "a house is a house for me" at the end of a pag ...more
Morgan Flaherty
Oct 07, 2015 Morgan Flaherty rated it really liked it
Shelves: lis510, poetry
A House Is a House for Me, by Mary Ann Hoberman, is an adorable poetic book about where animals, items, and people live. It is written in a beautiful rhyming patten that makes the book almost lyrical. It is entertaining to read and the illustrations add a lot to the story. This book would be a useful tool for teaching the different habitats of certain animals. This book could be read to very young students, however, it is a little lengthy and younger children may become "antsy" in their listenin ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-library
33 months - Today O said in the car "Some people call a house a home". I always know which books have had the greatest impact on O because they are the ones she thinks about when she's playing or traveling in the car, retells or quotes a few days, weeks or months later. Great vocabulary builder.

This book also reminds me of giving workshops on housing art and documents. The art goes in a mat that goes in a box that goes on a shelf in a room within a building.... each one is a house for the other
Erika Gregory
Nov 03, 2012 Erika Gregory rated it liked it
Shelves: imagination
This story was incredily entertaining. The whole story was set up in a almost song-like fashion. The reader was able to read the words in a way that made it fun and interactive. I also thought the meaning throughout was incredbily important. Mary Ann Hoberman is showing children that everyone lives in different spots but they are still very special in their own way. This would allow children to see that although their house may be different than their friends, the attitude you have towards it is ...more
Gianna Parisi
Feb 17, 2014 Gianna Parisi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A House is a House for Me written by Mary Ann Hoberman is a creative poetry book. This poetry book uses rhymes to connect everything all over the world to each other. Simply it states that everything is either a house or living in a house and the Earth is a house for everything. I would use this poetry book either for learning to rhyme or on Earth appreciation day or both. To show the students that everything is effected by our actions and we are all connected. The illustrations in this poetry b ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Aiyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddos, forever
A beautiful classic. Reading it to 4-year-old L., I suddenly recalled having heard this rhyming poem in my own childhood. And while a good handful of the words are not in common use anymore (at least not in America), the enjoyable romp through a child's imaginative associations rings as true as ever. Wonderfully detailed illustrations accompany the text. Fans of the poetry of A.A. Milne will appreciate this book.
A HOUSE IS A HOUSE FOR ME contains colorful pictures by Betty Fraser that teach children that everyone and everything has a house. Ms. Hoberman, the author, attracts the reader with her remarkable imagination and easy wordage. Anywhere from one to four sentences per page, she rhymes words and at the same time tells a story. This is a nice read-out-loud book for children five and up or read-alone story for kids that are eight and older.
Aug 22, 2012 Joy rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, and I am adding it to my list of books to purchase. The text is a delight to read, with rhymes and rhythm, interesting ideas, and superb illustrations. I would like to spend more time examining the pages because there is more hidden in the illustrations than just what is going on in the words--some subtle tributes to the huge legacy of children's literature, I think. A splendid book for parents and children.
Amanda Short
Oct 08, 2014 Amanda Short rated it it was amazing
I got this for kids that may come into my home. It's a very nice book to read to a child that may be scared about coming into your home. It also teaches kids about different types of homes for animals and all sorts of things. I think I wood have loved this book as a child. I just read it because I like to read what will be coming into my home before a child gets their hands on it. Great teaching book!
Natalie Moore
Aug 27, 2016 Natalie Moore rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! It is very informative and it makes the reader constantly use their imagination! It so fun to read over and over and it never gets boring. You will notice something new each time you read it because the illustrations are so detailed and appealing to the eye. Children can learn a lot of new things just by reading this book! I highly suggest reading this book for any ages!
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Work with her local Connecticut chapter of the Literacy Volunteers of America inspired her to create this series of books to encourage reading. She enjoys reading with her grandchildren.
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