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The House of Joyful Living

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
High on the roof of an apartment building is a garden where neighbors come to laugh, to dance, and to share – stories of helping others, breakfasts of challah and herring, and, once a summer, a Roof Party! Surrounded by loving adults, a girl with cabbage curls feels she lives “on top of the world – in paradise.” But something is about to change. Mama’s belly is growing big ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
1. Categories/Genres fulfilled by this book: Picture book

2. Copyright date: 2008

3. Estimate of age level of interest: K-3

4. Estimate of reading level: 3.5

5. Brief description: Written from the perspective of a young girl, this book explores her lively, dynamic, multicultural apartment building residents. It is a lovely look into true community and sharing. It handles ethic and cultural diversity as a aspect of life, not singling it out but allowing it to naturally exist within the story. The sto
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nice children's book with a great story.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: multi-cultural
This book celebrates the diversity of life in a New York apartment building from the perspective of a child. Although somewhat long for a one-session read-aloud, the book does contain many opportunities to expose children to the beauty of human diversity.
Sam Bloom
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great book about a rooftop community center of sorts in Manhattan, based on the author's childhood. Beautiful illustrations by Terry Widener, especially the final penultimate double-page spreadh of New York Harbor.
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Highly personal story about a girl's memories of her building's roof garden and the characters who visited there. Little girl struggles with how a new baby will fit into this world.
The Library Lady
Feb 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Very sweet. It may appeal more to grownups than to kids though...
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I liked the pictures, but the story wasn't as good as others I've read.
This book received good reviews, but I was a bit reticent about the portrayal of some of the different accents and cultures.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
A lovely multicultural story. It's a little wordy, and has the feeling of time that has perhaps past, but is a story worth sharing.
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