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This Is Our House

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A tree has bloomed on a city block outside a house for many years. Inside that house, several generations of a family have grown up. Grandma and Grandpa arrived at the house from a country far away, and Mom and her brothers played on the steps on warm summer days. This little girl learned how to walk on that street, too. Hyewon Yum's This is Our House is a warm story with  ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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This is an amazing but simple easy reader about a multi-generational and inter-racial family. These kinds of families are rare in North America and even rarer in picture books, but it is lovely to see that in this book it is just quietly accepted as the way the family is. My kids were happy to see kids who look like them.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stories are how houses become homes.
Yoo Kyung Sung
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Many of the U.S. Korean picture books have mainly two sides of stories. 1) The family is totally new to the U.S. so their being new immigrants leads the story for 3As-assimilation, adjustment, and accepted. 2) The protagonists are the second generations in the U.S. so that they come to learn Korean heritage culture through a guest from Korea.. Usually they are grandmothers.. However, THIS IS OUR HOUSE is none of them. It shows their Korean-American status is a consequence of generational history ...more
Kristine Hansen
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wonder how many children grow up with the concept of the family homeplace anymore? But I loved this book, as it reminded me of a time when this was common, for multiple generations to grow up in the same house. The connection of past to present felt good, leaving me with a happy peaceful feeling as I personally read the book. I'm not sure how many children today would connect to this story. Perhaps they would feel the same longing I do, as I read it.
Katie Fitzgerald
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read at Preschool Story Time on 8/8/13:
Edward Sullivan
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely generational family story about milestones and seasons that have been celebrated in the same home.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.

This was a random picture book that I chose. I thought it was really beautiful how it shows the passage of time, the generations of the family, the similarities (and the differences). I love the little details as well such as the port
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An adorable book about a woman growing up in a house, then having a family and raising her daughter in the house.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: pb-memoir
A pleasant book for adults but one that likely would catch the fancy of only a small number of children.
Cole Williams
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Soft, gentle, guided story of interwoven lineages and family bonds.
Cute and lovely. Especially the beginning and end pages.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is our house is a heartwarming book about a little girl and her family. The little girl's grandparents immigrated from another country and bought a little house. The little girl's mother was born and raised in the house, the house had been in her family for generations. The book does not say where her grandparents are from. Which would've helped identify her heritage.
This genre is a children's literature because it was fiction and it is a children's picture. This book will be a great read-a
Baby Freiler-Martyn
I really loved this book. Just a relaxed series of vignettes and photos from the life of a family, carefully drawn in a way that really pulled me into the warm feeling of this family home. Love the multigenerational story, and the mixed family. My daughter liked to read this again and again, and to point to the baby in the mommy's tummy and then in her arms and say "baby...out!"
Aubrey Skeeter
This Is Our House is a picture book that depicts the life of the narrators mother, and her own life. Through interpretation about the author, and through hints in the illustrations of the book, the audience is being told the story of a family, presumably from South Korea. After the grandparents move into their house, the narrator's mother goes to college and returns home (it is with a man with lighter skin and red hair) this is the introduction of an interracial couple. The narrator is born and ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Author/illustrator, Hyewon Yum, did an amazing job, detailing the life of different generations of a family and the seasons they experienced. This story is about how an immigrant couple who came to another country seeking a better life. It is narrated by the couple’s granddaughter. The couple made a family of their own and their children followed suit. There are few words, but the illustrations speak volumes which makes this story excellent for younger readers. The generations lived in the same ...more
Ashley Green
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This Is Our House does a great job exploring family, history, and culture in a way that is friendly to children (and adults!). I loved the end pages, which read as snapshots of the family's life on yellowed floral wallpaper. Each page of the story of the family features another framed snapshot, as well as a full page illustration of the family members in action. We follow the story of their home, where her grandparents lived when they moved to America, and where she lives now with her parents an ...more
Victoria Hylind
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
This book tells a story about a family who has lived in one house for several generations. The family has many traditions and major events that have occurred in this house. The house and the traditions it holds is very important to the family. The book starts off with an immigrant family and then progresses onto the family of the little girl girl who is telling the story. This book could be integrated into social studies curriculum to talk about generations of families. This would invite student ...more
When does a house become a home? This picture book suggests that this happens over time as generations grow up in the place and put their own special marks on it through simple experiences. A young Korean American girl reflects on how her grandparents moved into the house, raised a family, and enjoyed good times, including good meals. After their daughter [the girl's mother]leaves for college, she returns with her husband and then later gives birth to the narrator. I love the cyclical nature of ...more
I love that the narrator of this sweet picture book, uses family photographs to tell the story of the house in which she lives. With the way people move so frequently these days, it seems like a rare thing to have generations of a family living in the same house. The book starts with her immigrant grandparents buying the house. She tells of her mom growing up there, going off to college, coming back to live there with the man that would eventually become the narrator's father, and then her own l ...more
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In a series of candid illustrated snapshots paired with lively full page illustrations this story follows the lives of the family that lives in a brick house. A young girl tells us of the many events that have happened in and around the house, from the stoop her grandparents arrive on with just two suitcases to the sidewalk where two generations of children have learned to walk. Simple, repetitive text is paired beautifully with Yum’s soft watercolor illustrations. It’s great to see a book that ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great facial expressions. A little disturbing how much the grandparents aged between when their daughter left for college and returned with her future husband. It's maybe a little simplistic - new immigrants from "far away" have a daughter who goes away to college and yet the whole family (including those now-grandparents) still lives in the same apartment that only has one bedroom for three children. And for such a small apartment, that's one heck of a spacious kitchen. And whatever happened to ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oppl
This book would be good for older kids who still like being read to. They would better appreciate the family history that is the main focus of the book. "This is the street where I learned to walk, just like my mom." The illustrations are great, and I love the picture frame spreads on the left page that capture the moment being discussed. These pictures show up later in the story if you look closely-they are hanging on the walls of the house. The narrative is that of a proud child showing you ev ...more
Taylar Brooks
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This Is Our House was a very cute book. Reading it, I thought a lot about my family. So this book really hit home for me. It was about 2 different generations staying and growing up in the same home. Family means a lot to me so this was a good read to me. This book would be good for students from 1st to 4th grade.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, family
Lovely picture book story about an immigrant couple who arrive at their new home, and follows their family through the seasons, years, and events of their lives. Such as the birth of their children, going to school, making a favourite meal, and eventually the marriage of their oldest daughter and the birth of their first grandchild. Such a beautiful yet simple story.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Korean-American girl introduces readers to the house her family has lived in for two generations. Each landmark represents a memory and the two page spreads are laid out with what looks like a photo on the left and a fully imagined memory relating to a specific area of the house or neighborhood.

Watercolor artwork imbues the story with warmth. PreK-2.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is Our House goes through a brief history of one family. A part of the home is mentioned then described from a family member. The story is told from a grandchild's point of view. The child mentions her grandparents, parents, as well as their own life in the family home. Sweet story about house, home, and family.
A story of our house -- where a girl's grandparents lived when they first came to this country, her mother grew up, and she is growing up now. We see scenes of family, brothers, seasons, food (favorite soup), first experiences (riding a bike), leaving for college, etc. A simply told story of home and family.

Author/illustrator Hyewon Yum was born in South Korea, now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read for Kindergarten Story Time 2.25.2014.

I love the feeling of living in the same house, growing up on the same street, and learning to do the same things as your parents, grandparents, and maybe even great grandparents did. The kids didn't like this as well as some of other books I read. It may be that they didn't quite grasp the concept until I explained it more.
I like that this book presented having a home that goes through multiple generations of a family is a good thing. Anti commercialism in the housing market-- which I think is such an understated value nowadays.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Pleasant story of a house where 3 generations live. Only noteworthy aspect of book are the Asian characters, which are only really evident in the illustrations when the red headed Anglo boyfriend shows up.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Devin will like that the grandparents seem to be living there too.
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Hyewon Yum is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed books for children. She has received the Society of Illustrator's Founder's Award, the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, an Honorable Mention for the Bologna Ragazzi Award, and the Golden Kite Award for her work. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.