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You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Award-winning author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes readers on an amazing tour across the United States.

Beneath the soaring doorways of stone,
and peaks that pierce the ceiling of clouds,
from every river, star, and stone
comes the eternal refrain:
you are home.

In simple, soaring
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Beautifully illustrated ode to the our National Parks, featuring 26 from Maine to Florida and from Alaska to Hawaii. Evan Turk carried a sketch book while exploring with his brother and father, a Park Service employee for 40+ years, and used pastels on black paper, capturing scenery, wildlife or both. Turk's admiration for preservation of these sites is evident in his theme, but he does not shy away from some of the despicable acts of the Federal government in "appropriating" land from the local ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This might be listed as a candidate for the 2020 Caldecott awards. I read this with anticipation, because who isn’t excited to see a picture book about national parks? Unfortunately, I was disappointed after I read it. Many of the illustrations were too dark for my taste. I didn’t feel as though they gave off the beauty that the individual parks could really portray. Lastly, the text felt like it was rambling, in a poetic style, that didn’t engage me nor my child as we read it. Upon rereading th ...more
It's so hard not to collect shelves full of picture books when you see one as beautiful and inspiring as this one. The national parks are depicted in bold, gorgeous strokes of color, and each illustration evokes a clear sense of place - at least, for the parks I've had the good fortune to visit (Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Glacier, Yosemite, Redwood, Rocky Mountain). The author/illustrator, Evan Turk, has a detailed note explaining his sense of home as well as the exclusion from "home" ...more
Ms. B
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019, picture
3.75 stars, an ode to America's national parks. The illustrations were breathtaking. I loved that author and illustrator Evan Turk included of the national parks in the United States and animals included in the book. If you're wondering which parks were not included, check out the map of the United States that shows them all.
People of many colors
Thank you Evan Turk for this. You have brought together two of my favorite things in this world - National Parks and your art.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019t, t
You Are Home by Evan Turk is exactly what I was hoping for when I began my search for books on natural America. My aim was to select several books that could foster a reader's appreciation for the beauty and variety of the country we claim as home. I guess I needed to look no further.

The refrain, "You are home," really drives home the message that this country, though varied in its geography, flora, and fauna, is truly home to us all. Children from many backgrounds will find themselves spoken to
Westminster Library
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
You Are Home takes the reader on a tour across the United States of many of our National Parks. With outstanding artwork that draws the reader in, one will also experience the variety of wildlife that call each park home. I wish there did not have to be any political agenda in some of the story, it would have been more powerful to keep it to the beauty of the scenery and wildlife. I did love the map at the end and the short informational paragraphs on the animals showcased. It made me want to ad ...more
Alyssa Gudenburr
A BEAUTIFUL picture book about all the living things that call different National Parks home. I really liked the powerful line for recent immigrants and First Nation Americans: "to the child whose family has just left its first footprints on new shores; to the child whose ancestors lived on these lands before the stars and stripes took them as their own: you are still home." This would make a great storytime book to introduce children to the different national parks. OR would be a great introduc ...more
Shaye Miller
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Be ready for an adventure across the United States in this poetic book about all the different homes we find for plants, animals, and people. The artwork is so pretty and colorful as the words are a celebration of our National Parks. In the Author’s Note, Evan Turk shares that his father worked for as a Park Service employee for more than forty years! The illustrations for this book were rendered in pastel on black paper.

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Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely stunning illustrations are paired with a lovely ode to help each reader feel that they are at home at national parks. Turk also includes information about the national parks pictured as well as general information about national parks, their history and importance and information about how much of the land was dishonestly taken from Native Americans.

My favorite lines:
"but what keeps a home standing
can never be broken:
a sense of belonging,
sung by the streams,
from valleys to peaks,
Abby Johnson
STUNNING. With gorgeous, evocative art and simple but powerful text, Evan Turk pays homage to the National Parks and the wonder that they can evoke. This is a picture book welcoming everyone to visit and take care of our parks system. Maybe just as great as the text of the book itself is the author's note, which acknowledges the parks' troubled history as Native people were violently displaced from the land. It also mentions people of color and women who helped create and preserve the parks.

The message is thoughtful and celebratory as in this one picture there are landscape portraits of many of the national parks with my two favorites being the large bison imposing on the page in one and the sequoias in another. As the subtitle explains, this is an ode to National Parks and how precious our natural areas are across the United States while the words inspire a sense of belonging-- nature belongs to all of us and all of us are home when we are in nature.

Gorgeous, gorgeous book from a
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nature and National Park requests
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A beautiful ode to America's National Parks. The illustrations are gorgeous, the text all inclusive from animals, Native Americans pushed off their land, to new immigrants.

Author's Note: Explains how his father has been a Park Service employee and his vivid childhood memories of trips to the National Parks. He also explains the Parks darker history. The threat to the parks today: "pollution, climate change and politics." Map included.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very dynamic and evocative illustrations. The end note from the author is an interesting and nuanced look at the history and meaning of the national parks in America, positive and negative. Loved it.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I want the cast of Parks and Rec to do a dramatic reading of this book.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
This picture book. Amazing! This story is a reminder of how important nature is and how anyone can find home anywhere. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, a must read for everyone!
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated book about some of the national parks. The afterwood by the author is also telling
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The memory of certain beauty, no matter how many decades pass, never leaves. When you stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon gazing at the vista spread before you, you have to remind yourself to breathe. An early morning drive through the Great Smoky Mountains feels like you've entered another place in another time, a place when magic is possible. If you time it right, you'll be looking up more than one hundred feet as Old Faithful, a geyser, erupts in Yellowstone. Lupines as far as the eye can s ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully illustrated story that showcases animals and other things you might encounter in a national park. However, we have many national parks scattered across this entire country and I wish authors would look at more than what I call the standards. Get out and actually explore all that the national park system has to offer!
Michele Knott
I absolutely got lost in the lyrical language that is a love letter to our National Parks. The Parks are meant to be welcoming to all, home for everyone. Animals and plants and flowers and visitors are celebrated in this story. You won't want to miss the author's note as Turk fully acknowledges that while the Parks are meant to be for everyone and welcome all, not all have felt welcomed. Also in the backmatter Turk talks about how much of the artwork was done while sitting in the Park and lettin ...more
Dec 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: books-21-40
Summary: This story encompasses the natural beauty and nature of our National Parks, and allows readers to feel at home within any part of the word they are in, because we all belong to this amazing place collectively. The text is made up of breathtaking illustrations of our well-known National Parks across the United States. You Are Home provides readers with the understanding that every living organism on this earth, animal, plant, or person makes up and helps makes this world a beautiful plac ...more
Tonja Drecker
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nature fans but also those who simply love amazing illustrations are going to enjoy diving into these pages.

This book pays homage to the gorgeous national parks found in the United States, but it is more than just that. It's a celebration of nature and life. Each page offers a beautiful setting, centering on an animal or person, which shows them in a true to life and wonderful setting. And while the beauty of the landscape demands attention, a few words make the point: you are home. The idea of
Libbi Lance
Summary: You Are Home is a picture book all about the national parks throughout the United States. This book takes you on a gorgeous tour around the United States to show and tell you the importance of the national parks around the world.

Evaluation: This book is great nonfiction picture book that shows the beauty of the national parks throughout the United States. I liked how this book had amazing realistic pictures. I like how this book had repetition, that showed the importance of the things
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Journey to America’s national parks in this masterful picture book. The book begins by showing the wildlife of the parks as well as the plants that grow there. Pronghorns and a bobcat fill the pages. Then humans appear, experiencing the same nature and realizing that they are home as well. Whether you live in the city or the country, in a national park you can feel you belong. From one park to another, iconic images of their scenery is shared throughout and described. This is an immersive experi ...more
Taylor Sosebee
"You Are Home" is a beautiful story that discusses the importance of the national parks. It discusses its importance for not only people, but animals and plants as well. It shows the beauty of the United States of America and portrays how we are all connected by nature.

I loved reading this story. Evan Turk did an amazing job of captivating the reader by not only his words but by the pictures as well. As I was reading this I was blown away by the simple yet complex beauty of o
Kaitlin Bisbee
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You are home is an absolutely stunning piece of artwork. I spent so much time flipping through the pages in awe. There are 27 national parks across the US that are featured in this book. The colors and illustrations are so beautiful and full of color, they almost look better than the places do in real life. The story reflects on how all of us, here in America, no matter who we are, animal or human, immigrant or native, we are all at home. This would be a great book not only to talk about the imp ...more
Mary Leigh
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-1-20
Evan Turk paints a beautiful picture of his experiences in the National Parks. His pastel imagery reflects the idea that earth is home to many kinds of people and we all belong. The imagery reflects his journey through the parks and really makes you feel like you were there with him on the journey and that you belong.
The imagery in this book is what makes it so special. The characters match their setting reinforcing the idea that everyone has a home on earth. The pictures a
Meredith Peace
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summary: You Are Home is about the national parks in America. It is an ode to their beauty, purpose, and accessibility. Each page is a painting of a different national park and part of the ode to them.

Review: This book is a Caldecott contender. The painted illustrations of each park are colorful, detailed, and capture the beauty of each park. The author highlights the plants, animals, and geological features each park is known for. He also includes people visiting the parks from all backgrounds
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-1-20
Evan Turk illustrates the beauty and importance of our National Parks. Tour the U.S.A. and everything it has to offer in this ode to nature and our nation, where we are reminded, everyone belongs.

Breathtaking illustrations created by Evan Turk using pastels capture the beauty of our nation's National Parks. The pictures are textured and colorful, the reader feels as if they themself are at the park. Turk pair his captivating illustrations with simple, poetic language. He remin
Lindsey McCord
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrenlit1
Summary: This beautifully illustrated book is about the US National Parks. Evan Turk travelled around the parks and drew these beautiful illustrations seen in the book. The story travels to the different parks and explains to readers that everyone can find home in nature.

Evaluation: I liked this book. Each park has its own unique illustration, and each one is breathtaking. This book is in the running for the Caldecott award this year, and I really feel like it could win. The story itself is not
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Evan Turk is an award-winning illustrator, author and animator living in Croton-on-Hudson with his husband, Chris, and two cats, Pica and Bert. A graduate of Parsons: The New School for Design, his illustration and animation have been shown all over the world. He grew up in Colorado and loves nature and being outdoors. He continues his studies with Dalvero Academy, a private illustration school in ...more

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