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The Resource The ABC book of American homes, Michael Shoulders ; illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

The ABC book of American homes, Michael Shoulders ; illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

Label
The ABC book of American homes
Title
The ABC book of American homes
Statement of responsibility
Michael Shoulders ; illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
Title variation
A-B-C book of American homes
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An alphabetical celebration of American architecture, wherein such housing styles as Cajun cottage, pueblo, and Victorians are described
Review
  • Gr 2–5— This book introduces all sorts of dwellings. Some entries will sound familiar—apartment buildings, farmhouses, igloos, the White House. Some will be unfamiliar to most kids—Quonset hut, junk houses. The author obviously had trouble coming up with something for the difficult letters, and it's quite a stretch to call Xinfang and yurts American houses. Done in muted colors, the full-page illustrations show multicultural families in their various homes. Most dwellings are summed up in one page; a few are given a spread, such as "Unique Home." The information is interesting enough, but it's best used as a jumping-off point for further study. Angela Gustafson's Imagine a House (Out of the Box, 2003) covers housing around the world and uses photographs as well as drawings. Strictly additional.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI --Anne Chapman Callaghan (Reviewed October 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 10, p137)
  • Broad spaces, small figures, precise architectural details and clean, straight lines gives Brannen's art in this alphabetical gallery of housing an elegant simplicity that Shoulders's matter-of-fact commentary struggles to emulate: "A is for apartment. All homes in an apartment building share the same roof. Families who live in apartments might have neighbors living beside them, below them and above them…." From Beach House and Cajun Cottage to Mobile Homes and Pueblos, from a Junk House built from recycled materials to the stately White House, the author draws them all together with the closing observation that, whatever a home's nature, "what makes it special are the people you share it with." The device works well for the most part, encompassing Kilbourne (a Sears, Roebuck kit), Quonset Hut and Xinfang (Chinese for "brand new home"), although Unique Home is a decidedly limp entry. Despite the uneven text, consider this as a low-key alternative to the likes of Ann Morris's Houses and Homes (1992) or, going further back, Mary Ann Hoberman's A House Is a House for Me (1978). (Informational picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
275393
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shoulders, Michael
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
008-012
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Brannen, Sarah S
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Dwellings
  • Alphabet books
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The ABC book of American homes, Michael Shoulders ; illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781570915659
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2007017188
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)123539671
Label
The ABC book of American homes, Michael Shoulders ; illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
Publication
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781570915659
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2007017188
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)123539671

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