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A House Is a House for Me

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  735 Ratings  ·  108 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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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 17, 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
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
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.
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
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
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
Morgan Flaherty
Oct 08, 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
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
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!
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!
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
Eva Kelly
Dec 10, 2014 Eva Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2014 Sarah Stumphf rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 13, 2016 Shelley rated it really liked it
This is an older book. But it is delightful.
I love how it points out that everything has a house... Which is a very simple yet true fundamental principle.

Great if you are focusing on house, home, or family theme.
Aug 13, 2014 R.L. rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2016 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
Jul 14, 2014 Sam rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Jun 23, 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
Jun 07, 2016 Nadine rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
#classic lovely verse story of where everyone and everything lives from fleas to humans to planes to trains.
Amy Mcmullan
Sep 29, 2014 Amy Mcmullan rated it really liked it
Wonderful rhythm and rhymes. Gives names to the various houses of various animals, people, and things!
Justin Castillo
Jun 21, 2016 Justin Castillo rated it it was amazing
sweet reminder about how everything and everyone can and should have a place in this world.
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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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