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My House Has Stars

McDonald, Megan

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ISBN 10: 0531095290 / ISBN 13: 9780531095294
Published by Orchard Books, New York, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Here is a book of houses - in the Philippines, Nepal, Ghana, Japan, the American Southwest, Mongolia, Brazil, and Alaska. And here is a book of children - Carmen, Akam, Abu, Mariko, Chili, Oyun, Sergio, and Mattie, each looking skyward and saying, "My house has stars." Rarely is geography given so beautiful a vision, so harmonious a sound. Inscribed and signed by the author, 1999. Size: 8 3/4" x 11 1/4" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 017733

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Title: My House Has Stars

Publisher: Orchard Books, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard

Illustrator: Peter Catalanotto

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Printing.

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Young people describe the different kinds of homes they live in around the world and how they see the stars.

From Publishers Weekly:

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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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