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A House Is a House for Me

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  466 ratings  ·  92 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 Puffin (first published 1978)
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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 17, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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.
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
Gianna Parisi
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
Megan Baker
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
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
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
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
Amanda Short
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!
Susan Riegger
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
Eva Kelly
It's about the different kinds of houses animals have, but where people live is always called a house.
We need to get this one so we can look up the names later. I don't trust the internet sometimes.
Sarah Stumphf
Highly recommend this book! I love the illustrations and there's always something new to discover in the pictures. I also like the fact that in one illustration, there is a little boy reading Ferdinand, one of my childhood favorites.
This has got to be one of my all-time favorite stories to read aloud to children because of its rhyme. It makes perfect sense at the end when the conclusion is that the earth is a house for all of us.
I have the original version of this book, from when I was a wee one, and now I have read it with my own child. I adore this book! If you find a copy anywhere, get it -- absolutely worth it.
Rosa Cline
Jun 27, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
I liked this story at first, but then it got too long and wordy. Kaity (4.5) lost interest, even though she will sit though longer stories. Just not our cup of tea.
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
Amy Mcmullan
Wonderful rhythm and rhymes. Gives names to the various houses of various animals, people, and things!
The rhyming was fun so check it out at the library if you want, but not worth purchasing.
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
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
Feb 02, 2014 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: a lit teacher ages ago
I use this every year in my poetry unit. I LOVE this poem. It's fantastic for teaching metaphor.
Morgan York
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
I have not read it yet!
Ashlee Reinert
National Book Award. Poetry
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.
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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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