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Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio. A meditation on the concept of home....

Title : Home
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ISBN : 9780763665296
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Home Reviews

  • Michele
    2019-02-14 19:52

    I had mixed feelings on this book, while the illustrations were beautifully done and are quite whimsical, I felt that the actual story did not have a good flow. I also did not care for the way some individuals / homes were depicted, and to me seemed to stereotype. For instance, there is a young dark skinned girl sitting in an apartment building that is covered in graffiti, the illustration for "Some homes are wigwams" have Indians with bows and arrows, followed by a palace and an underground lair in which Arab looking characters are smoking as they stack gold coins and there is a woman reclining on a pile of gold --as if she is a possession. At some point,Ellis does switch to fanciful imagery and homes that are under the sea, in tree hollows...only wish that she would have done this throughout the story.

  • Benji Martin
    2019-01-19 15:31

    I hope this whole Carson Ellis, writing and illustrating picture books thing keeps on happening.

  • Hilary
    2019-01-19 20:30

    4.5 stars. This is a beautiful book full of different types of homes. We loved the cover which shows homes such as a yurt, a barn, a caravan, a geodesic dome, a shoe with a roof, a snail shell....if my children were younger we would have loved to sit and look at this and decide which one we liked best and who we thought would live in each one.The text is sparse and perhaps this would have been better if it rhymed or was more creative, but the book has so much to look at it didn't seem to matter. We liked the way some homes were real and some like the Moonian's house and the home of the Norse god were fantasy. We particularly liked the page that showed a Babouska's house as this was the name of our much loved guinea pig that I use as my goodreads picture. This is a book I would really enjoy reading with a small child.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-16 17:49

  • Jill
    2019-02-17 16:26

    When I was little, I was fascinated with the different types of houses people had all around the world. I would have treasured this beautiful book with its imaginative survey of houses around the planet and even beyond it! And it doesn’t just cover the habitats of people: for example, one page shows the home of a raccoon, and one shows the home of a Norse god.Author/illustrator Carson Ellis adds many little informative features to let you know about life in each type of home. The picture of a Russian home, for instance, includes a samovar on the table and an onion-domed church out the kitchen window. She also cleverly shows you how the very same home can look quite different, as with her comparison of a “clean” home versus a “messy” home. All the pictures convey the author’s sense of wonder with both the natural and the magical.The homes follow one after the other in a related progression with simple lyrics that have a Dr. Seuss-like feel. They convey all that is necessary.Ellis’s artwork, evocative of folklore and fairytales, may seem familiar because of her illustrations for the book series "Wildwood Chronicles," written by Ellis’s husband, Colin Meloy. (One of the pictures - of a home in an apartment - shows some graffiti: “I love CM.”)Discussion: I could spend hours looking at the pictures in this book, ferreting out half-hidden delightful details. Curious kids will want to seek out more information from her tantalizing taste of other worlds. I imagine kids might want to know, to name but a few things: What is this Atlantis that looks so intriguing? What is the story behind the gourd birdhouses shown in Kenya? How can I find out more about the seahorses that live in “sea homes”? Who might live on a mountain top?Evaluation: This book is full of treats and surprises, and will provide hours of entertainment. The art work is just lovely.

  • Janet
    2019-02-19 22:46

    Another one of those books I wish I had had on my shelf as a kid--I am 35 now but still hope to curl up with my mom to read this together. The illustrations are beautiful--Ellis does a tremendous job of not only showing us all the different places that are homes for living things but of also getting us to think about what sort of other places we can imagine ourselves living in.I think my review has almost as much text as a good third of the book--just drop by Avid (or your local library or bookshop) and read it for yourself. You'll see why this is an instant classic.

  • Laura Harrison
    2019-01-29 20:30

    Brilliant and beautiful. A definite Caldecott 2016 contender.

  • Orsolya
    2019-02-16 15:43

    The same way that people come in all shapes and sizes; as do the homes that they live in. Carson Ellis attempts to expand acceptance and preclude any judgments towards the classification of homes in, “Home”. “Home” is an oversized juvenile picture book with very little text targeting very young children mostly in the 4-6 age bracket. The focus of “Home” is more on the illustrations than actual prose but the message is clear: people and animals live in diverse dwellings but one is not better than the next. Ellis begins “Home” by presenting a variety of homes and mentioning the types of creatures to inhabit them. Uniquely, “Home” then takes turn showing the interior of homes versus the exterior and then switching it up yet again by presenting homes (even fantasy ones) which engage a child’s creativity by asking who lives in them. This makes “Home” interactive and more memorable versus a simply declarative book. Although “Home” is intended for small children; the author and illustrator Carson Ellis is known amongst adults as the wife of Colin Meloy, lead singer of the band, The Decemberists. Ellis has illustrated Meloy’s writings and also album covers. Therefore, the illustrations in “Home” are very much in the hipster-indie art realm and can be imagined being sold on in the form of prints. Despite the slight adult essence; children will love the large, colorful, and detailed watercolor paintings that cover the pages. Parents will notice details such as the “I love CM” tag amongst the graffiti drawings and the dove in every illustration. Overall, “Home” is a very simple and to-the-point book for the young ones (perhaps too simple); but has a positive message. “Home” is recommended to introduce children to the concept of unique homes and would be exceptional in a situation where a family is intending to move. However, don’t expect to be blown away and there are far better similar children’s books on the market.

  • Ingrid
    2019-01-25 19:33

    Whimsical illustrations paired with highly problematic stereotypes. Knowing nothing about this book, I borrowed it as a potential storytime read. After reading through on my own, I cannot in good conscience use it. Highly disappointed and perplexed at why this book has received decent reviews. Artistic accomplishment does not excuse for stereotypical cultural depictions.

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-02-02 19:40

    A delightful first book for Carson EllisThere are lovely illustrations to show that home is where the heart is. Using various colors and shapes, the author includes books around the world.A solid 4 rating.

  • Irena Freitas
    2019-02-09 20:44

    Não tem nenhuma história, só mostra diferentes tipos de casas. Porém as ilustrações da Carson Ellis seguem sendo nota 10000000.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-16 18:51

    While I love the look and color palette of the gouache and ink artwork, the story just didn't satisfy me. This book looks at different types of homes and while I did appreciate that the reader is invited to guess/wonder at who might reside in a few of the homes, I felt limited by some of the other homes. It was disappointing to see an apartment being depicted as in the city amongst pollution and graffiti, which read (to me) as less desirable than many of the other homes.I was hoping for an author's note that explained some of the research that went into creating this book, but it wasn't included.Long story short, this book troubles me.The artwork is completely up my alley, but I just didn't like the execution. PreK-2.

  • Lizzie
    2019-02-05 20:31

    I'll always have thing for the muted palate/folksy style of The Decemberists' art for that warm feeling the band gave in me in the early 2000s. In this book I like the quirkiness and the well balanced panels (great use of the gutter!), but I don't like stereotypical depictions of some of the dwellers (wigwams - for real?)

  • Beth
    2019-02-17 19:45

    Simply beautiful. A must-read for anyone who loves children's literature. An instant classic.

  • ❇Critterbee
    2019-02-14 17:52

    I loved the artwork of this book! The illustrations are mainly whimsical depictions of various types of homes, of both people and animals, around the world. Some of those featured - a Norse god, a raccoon, a Moonian - are fanciful and funny. Others are uncomfortable stereotypes, and should be discussed at length with your child while reading together. The illustration style was wonderful, the only issue I have is that some of the scenes were not fully explained by the text, and might encourage children to believe broad, questionable stereotypes at an early age.

  • Laura's Book Addiction
    2019-02-12 21:44

    I originally brought this book because of a recommendation by OwlCrate, I'm so glad I did as Home was absolute perfection. The writing and the illustrations blew me away and the story kept my daughter entertained while we were reading!!!

  • Erin
    2019-01-21 22:34

    "Where is your home? Where are you?" Ellis reflects on all the possibilities of home through her lovely illustrations and fantastical imaginings of all that a home could be. Many of the homes are familiar to us from stories and nursery rhymes.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-02 19:35

    I love Ellis' illustrations!!

  • Helen White
    2019-02-09 20:27

    Nice pictures.

  • The Littlest Library
    2019-01-30 19:48

    An instant classic. This book explores the diversity of houses and the people that call them home. Illustrated with a gentle humour, the homes depicted span the globe as well as the make-believe. Home might be a house in the country, a flat in the city, or even a shoe. It is this exploration of the variety of homes that starts a natural dialogue within the reader to assess their own home and what home means. The illustrations are gentle, whimsical and detailed. There is minimal text and it has all been hand lettered. All artwork is gouache and ink on watercolour paper. Carson Ellis is an amazing talent. The illustrator herself even makes an appearance in the book and is depicted illustrating this book in her personal studio. A mourning dove has been drawn on to every spread of the book. A little hidden gem for kids and adults to find. Many other details can be found repeated in the homes of many different people - chimney smoke, pot plants, japanese fan fabric, weather vane, artwork, washing on the line, flag and teacup. A lovely reminder that we all cherish this notion of home and belonging. The reader will get lost in the detail and be able to revisit the pages time and again. In researching for this blog post, I came across The Picturebook Makers blog. Wow! What a great discovery. It is my new favourite website. They describe their blog as a place where some of the world’s finest picturebook authors and illustrators take you behind the scenes. Their goal is to provide an interesting and inspiring resource for children’s publishing professionals, illustration students and graduates, and anyone else with a passion for picturebooks and a curiosity about the different approaches taken to make them.Click here to read Carson Ellis talking about the making of this book. The early sketches and private photographs shared by Ellis are particularly great. My favourite image is the series of thumbnail sketches that Ellis created before she began illustrating the book. What a lovely insight in to her design process! Photos of this book can be reviewed on my website.

  • Jordyn Braun
    2019-01-30 22:25

    1. "Have you ever had to move homes before? Do you have more than one home right now? These are things that many of us have experienced, and that is pretty neat! Change is never a bad thing, it's just something new to get used to. As I read this book called Home aloud, I want you to pay extra attention to the setting(s) in the book. Homes come in many different forms, shapes and sizes, and in this book, different kinds of homes are all over!"2. My opening moves for Home included prompting brief sharing of personal experiences by having students think about their own home life without getting too deep, raising questions to spark curiosity, and drawing attention to the setting of book- where do the homes in the story take place?3. I chose this book because it is a great way to open up about home outside of school without getting too serious or uncomfortable with sharing. This book shows many different types of homes from houses to apartments to huts, and the book focuses on the unique aspect of diverse living areas rather than comparing one to the next.

  • Isolde
    2019-02-18 21:51

    This is a beautiful book.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-28 23:28

    Home is...a shoe?! Explore all the different shelters that we inhabit in this diverse, and sometimes whimsical book. From the rich to the poor, moving buses to Atlantis, the author comes up with a huge amount of variety which children may find surprising. These homes of the past, present, future, different cultures, and even myth will fascinate them. As we go from page to page, rosy cheeked people, and sometimes other creatures, invite us into their lives. The folksy style is rendered in down-to-earth gouache colours and ink, and even though there is very little text, these pictures say plenty. Contrasting houses sometimes face each other on opposing pages, and while the author starts by talking about the homes of others, she gradually pulls it into her own home, and then asks about ours. This is very pleasant concept that emphasizes, no matter the shape, home is where the heart is.

  • Margie
    2019-02-07 19:44

    Whether it's at the end of a walk on a forest trail, the end of a day of teaching or the end of an extended journey, walking through the doors of my home has an immediate calming effect. It's not the structure itself for I've lived in a tent, a motel room, apartments, small houses, new houses, old houses and large houses. It's not the setting for I've lived in a neighborhood with sidewalks and on country roads away from cities, in the woods and next to a lake. No, it's all about the place, the space inside, where a sense of belonging and security surrounds you. It's a sanctuary for those who live there. In her debut picture book, Home (Candlewick Press, February 24, 2015) author illustrator Carson Ellis presents her remarkable perceptions of homes.My full recommendation:

  • Lea
    2019-02-07 16:49

    I love the illustrations in this charming children's book about the different places we call 'home'. The pictures are simply adorable- melding simple with detailed in a recognizable, personal style. I read this with my 2.5 year old, and while we both enjoyed the text, I feel sure I could hand him this book and he would enjoy it equally without being able to read it. We both enjoyed the page with 'an artist lives here' as parts of the page referred back to the rest of the book. It didn't surprise me at all that Ellis lives near Portland, Oregon- it had a very Pacific Northwest "feel" and made me realize I've seen her illustration/artwork before. This was a very pretty book. I won this book from the First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.

  • paula
    2019-02-11 15:51

    Full review at as an open door, intriguing as a set of stairs leading to unknown rooms, "Home" has many layers. Artist Carson Ellis paints a multitude of dwellings, real and imagined, asking us to envision who might live in them — or telling us who does. Eventually, she shows the reader her own house, and her worktable, and sharp-eyed readers will spot the objects that inspired her painted houses.Reviewed for the Baltimore Sun, March 2015.

  • Rebecca Honeycutt
    2019-01-29 15:26

    I am a sucker for Carson Ellis' folksy, muted illustrations and delicate hand-lettering, which made this book a joy to look at. As an introduction to the concept of home, however, it's not so much educational as it is whimsical (and a bit meta).So, three stars for visual intrigue! But I'm holding out on those last two stars due to the text, which is fun but muddled, and due to the juxtaposition of the sailing ship and the wigwam--even if this ominous nod to colonization was unintentional, it's jarring, especially in what is otherwise a diverse and carefully designed book.

  • Holly
    2019-02-06 16:32

    I love the thick pages and muted colors of this book about all types of homes. Gorgeous, sometimes whimsical (Atlantian homes, hollow tree homes, sea homes, and a Moonian home), illustrations accompany spare text. I could see this as being a great addition to my HOME/FAMILY unit and having kids not only describe and illustrate their own homes, but imagine someone's else's home, also. This book reminds me a little of Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen's House Held Up By Trees.

  • Barbette
    2019-01-24 17:54

    “Home” is a topic we all ponder, even as young children. Carson Ellis’ book provides an opening for wonderful conversation with a young child concerning the definition of home. Her expansive view on the subject is complemented by her warm and delightful illustrations. From an urban apartment to a rock stars' tour bus, from a raccoon's leaf laden den to perhaps even a large shoe, our homes are our respite from the world.

  • Ashley Hutto
    2019-02-10 18:39

    It's not often that I read a book that I instantly go out and purchase. So when Home captured my imagination I HAD to have it. It's full of fantastic illustrations that teach us that we all come from somewhere unique. From babushka's homes to "moonians" homes to simple homes with beautiful gardens, everyone has to live somewhere! I can't wait to get a copy and read it with my nieces!