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Catalanotto, Peter. Near New in Very Good jacket. My House Has Stars by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter Catalanotto. Hardback picture book is quite clean, in near new condition and is signed/inscribed by the illustrator. Dust jacket is very good and in a Brodart protector-looks nice. NOT AN EX-LIB!
My House Has Stars is a beautifully written and illustrated book that shares our differences as humans while focusing on the things that tie us together. McDonald has incorporated cultural facts about various countries and peoples into an enjoyable narrative form. Her book is written as a series of vignettes -- snapshots of the lives of children from around the world. Her culturally accurate use of description, language, and even names create a picture book that not inly informs, but also entertains. This book has been enjoyed by various young people and has been used in the classroom to inspire multicultural writing projects and to encourage a broader view of the world. It is interesting to note that not once in any of her stories does McDonald mention the name of the place she is writing about. Rather, she allows the reader to rely on her narrative and the accompanying illustrations to divine the location. However, at the end of the book she has included a map naming the places she's written about so the curious reader can check his or her guesses. Though each of the children in this book describes a house and lifestyle that are completely unique to his or her own culture, it quickly becomes clear that amidst all our differences, we can find unity. "Our house, the earth. Our roof, the sky. Our house has stars." A beautiful statement.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-06-18 McDonald turns to geography in this picture book, showing vastly different houses from around the world which all have one feature in common: the "roof" of stars that hangs over them. Ages 5-8. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-08-26 McDonald (Is This a House for Hermit Crab?) turns to geography here, showing vastly different houses from around the world which all have one feature in common: the "roof" of stars that hangs over them. Eight colorful, dense vignettes feature a child describing his or her home ("My house has walls made of sheep's wool and a real door in the front of the tent that squeaks like a crybaby"). The "tour" of each dwelling, be it houseboat, igloo, skyscraper, yurt, etc., concludes with a reference to the stars above; for example, a child in a pueblo says, "I see stars, like tiny handprints, where Coyote scattered the mica dust and stars were born!" Unexplained facts and referents abound, tantalizing readers but also likely to frustrate them: What is a jeepney? Why does the Weaver Princess star go to meet the Ox Boy star? Catalanotto's (Who Came Down That Road?) diffused watercolors show the children in their environments. Facing art, beneath the blocks of text, clues readers into the characters' locations: a hazy map of the world, with the child's homeland circled. The impressionistic style of the pictures suggests as much as it represents. Unfortunately, this approach exacerbates the gaps left in the vignettes. At best this is a lyrical invitation to a scavenger hunt on the reference shelf; otherwise it is essentially a cliff-hanger. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
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