A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman opened up a new way of thinking for my children. The premise of this book is that everything is a house for something else, everyone has a house of their own, and that the world is where we all belong. Thinking of earmuffs, books, and castles all as houses was intriguing and fun. We had a great time continuing to think of other houses and their occupants after we finished this book and during the entire family meal which followed!
Pros: A fun way to teach children to look at the same item from various perspectives.
Cons: One page discussed four types of homes used by Native Americans. While this was interesting and something I wanted my girls to learn, I did not like how it was presented. On the preceding page all of the home inhabitants mentioned are animals, while on the following page they are modes of transportation, and no other homes for humans are discussed other than on this page. To me this seemed to dehumanize Native Americans. Usually I can easily overlook this type of issue or see it as a view common in the era of the book, but not so in this case. Still, overall, this book is worth reading and this one page could easily be skipped.
Age Range: 3-8