Author Adam Leitman Bailey
Home is defined, as a place is shelter where a family resides as a member of a household. What happens when a little boy decides that the apartment he lives in with his family is too small and decides along with the author to take children and adults on a journey that he feels he can truly call Home. He lived in the city in a small, small apartment where looking out of his window he sees people, cars, buildings and parks. He sees many kinds of homes but he was determined to find a nicer one but nit before telling his family his plan. The illustrations are so lifelike that the story hops off the pages for young readers and non- readers too helping everyone understand the story.
His search begins with visiting a large house with a basketball court and the rooms are amazing really huge. Imagine his excitement when he sees they have a swimming pool and a tremendous backyard. Check out the picture of this house but don’t get too comfortable and bring your gloves and warm winter parka because we’re off to Alaska and we’re going to see how these people live in houses called igloos made out of blocks of snow. It’s so cold but he realizes you need a hat and mittens to play outside and we are learning along with our young boy and tour guide how to ice fish, ride in a sled and the most fun throw snowballs.
Let’s warm up and learn about a big farm where he goes next and check out the great illustrations. The animals look so lifelike you would think you were on a real farm with them and the little boy. Learn their names along with the boy and watch how the farmer shows him the plants and where he grows vegetables and he even gave him my favorite corn to eat. How exciting to learn how to milk a cow and get some fresh milk to drink. Mobile homes are on pieces of land shared by families and there he played with many children: but, do you think he can live in a nest with birds find out when he teaches us how birds make their homes and learn the answer yourself. The birds seemed happy and cozy but do you think you could fit in a nest with your books and toys? Check out the picture and decide.
Lakes are beautiful and our little boy decided to check out where these children lived and you won’t believe their mode of transportation. Would you want to swim and fish everyday? But, after all of his adventures and learning about so many places and choices what do you think he decides? Did he miss his small small apartment? Did he miss his parents? Where do you think was his best place to live? Is it about the size of a home or is it about the people inside your home that makes it yours and special? Read the story and take the journey to find the perfect Home and then look around yours and decide just where do you think you want to call Home?
Author Adam Leitman Bailey teaches children the impair family and having loving parents and the size of your home does it really matter? What’s your definition of Home? What does yours look like? Teachers can use this book to have early childhood students draw of their homes sharing them with other students and explaining why their home is the best for them. Imagine the great mural titled Home that would run across the walls of a classroom. Imagine learning about all of the Jones mentioned in the book in detail. A house is not s home without the people who love you and live there with you.
I can’t wait to see if the author takes our young boy on more adventures and learning lessons.
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