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La maison

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  127 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews

Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 7/15/2009 Pages: 64 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Published by Gallimard (first published 2009)
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Oct 15, 2014 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
Jennifer B.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a book with few words, I feel that I could write pages about it! The illustrations win the day here, amazing and full of detail. I am a sucker for books that illustrate how something changes over time, you can look for all the new things on every page, try to notice what isn't there anymore, and this book is a feast for the eyes in every way. What really touched me though, is it tells the story of a HOUSE. For anyone who gets attached to places like I do, well, they would understand... A hou ...more
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
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
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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Poetry going through the lifetime of a house. It offers an interesting perspective of the house that i had never really thought of.
Very beautiful and moving.
The illustrations are phenomenal. The text is not equal to them, not even close, but is serviceable. The bare bones of the story--an old house rediscovered, rebuilt, reinhabited--leave room for the illustrations to work magic, and readers can find (and create) their own stories through them. There's a lot here that is relatable, too. If you're looking for the opportunity, this book can be a good jumping-off point to talk about anything from wheat harvests to tough subjects like war, poverty, ref ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Класна книга-малюнок. Моїм дітлахам дуже подобається. А сам сенс книги теж сподобався.
Logan Williams
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
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: basia-read
Zapomniany dom z 1963 zostaje odkryty na początku XX wieku przez grupkę dzieci. Odbudowuje go pewna rodzina - obserwujemy przez cały wiek, jak przechodzą koło niego dwie wojny, ludzie się rodzą, żenią, umierają. Zmienia się okolica, dobudówki, sprzęty. Pewnego dnia umiera ostatnia mieszkanka - wdowa, wtedy dom obejmuje w posiadanie przyroda. Nowy właściciel przebudowuje go po kilku latach, ale wtedy dom traci duszę.

Cały wiek na kartach opowieści, zapierające dech klimatyczne ilustracje - to niez
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
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marta Boksenbaum
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.
Alison Lake
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.”
Christine Turner
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.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fabulous illustrations... the verse is definitely not written for children, but perhaps and adult picture book...
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, 2011
Beautiful artwork
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible. So hauntingly sad and beautiful. The illustrations are breathtaking. My word, everyone should read this.
Nov 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Review to come for Library Media Connection. Thought it was rather bizarre; not sure who the audience is.
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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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