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My house is singing
Rosenthal, Betsy R.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Orlando : Harcourt, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Poems about some of the things that are in a child's home, from furniture and light bulbs to the cocoon of a flowered bedspread, and the feelings associated with them.
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PS3618.O8395 M9 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Has your smoke detector ever tattled on you when you burned the toast? Does your sticky back door get the best of you? Do you have a secret hideaway where you keep your private treasures? Told from a child's perspective, the poems in this affectionate collection celebrate everything that makes each house a unique and special place.

From waking up in a cozy bedroom on a chilly morning to exploring a garage full of fascinating junk, this intimate house tour proves there's no place like home.

Author Notes

BETSY R. ROSENTHAL is a new voice in children's poetry. My House Is Singing is her first book. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

MARGARET CHODOS-IRVINE 's distinctive artwork has graced several well-received picture books. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 3. Dishwasher clicking. / Pipes pinging. / Listen closely. / My house is singing. Written in a variety of styles, this collection of spare, immediate poems describes the living, noisy personality a little girl finds in her house: the weary old roof, the stubborn back door, even the sock-eating dryer. Sometimes the girl argues with her house as if it were a sibling: Why is it that / whenever I make my toast / a little crispy, / you tell on me? she whines to the smoke detector. At other times, she finds deep, sweet comfort in favorite things: You rock my body calm. / You rock me into sweet dreams, she tells her rocking chair. Chodos-Irvine's large, sunny, illustrations reflect the words' interesting perspectives with slightly skewed angles, elemental shapes, and airy compositions that don't overwhelm the poems. This is a natural choice for classroom poetry projects, and little ones will delight in the accessible language and delicious personification of familiar things. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A collection of short poems about what's in a child's house. Subjects include the piano, the laundry room, a door that is stuck, etc. The accompanying illustrations are done with watercolors and an effective stamping or woodblock technique. Some of the selections are in rhyme, while others are in free verse; they vary in quality. "My Hideaway" introduces the idea of a place where one can be alone: "And just behind that my-size door/there is a place where I can store/my rocks, my bugs, my diamond rings,/and lots of other private things." "My Bedroom Slippers," which depends on common and static images, is less successful: "They lie/beside my bed,/waiting/for my icy toes/to wake them up." Nevertheless, the book is acceptable as a supplemental purchase. David L. Harrison's Alligator in the Closet (Boyds Mills, 2003) and Dee Lillegard's Wake Up, House! (Knopf, 2000) both have a similar theme.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.