for This Is Our House
by Hyewon Yum
"This is the house where my grandparents arrived from far away with just two suitcases in hand." It's the house where the young narrator's mother was born, took her first steps, and shared a room with her brothers. It has the kitchen where her grandmother made her mother's favorite soup, and the front door her mother left through on her way to college. It's where the young narrator's parents lived when they got married, and it's the house she herself is growing up in now, where she took her first steps and eats same kind of soup her mother ate as a child. Family and traditions across the generations are the focus of a comforting picture book full of small details of the kinds of things that have special meaning within a family. Three generations of the family are shown living together at story's end: the grandparents, the parents, and the young girl telling the story. Hyewon Yum's thoughtful and observant picture book narrative is paired with soothing illustrations that include a full-page image and one representing a scrapbook photograph. (Ages 3-7)
CCBC Choices 2014. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014. Used with permission.
A tree has bloomed on a city block outside a house for many years. Inside that house, several generations of a family have grown up. Grandma and Grandpa arrived at the house from a country far away, and Mom and her brothers played on the steps on warm summer days. This little girl learned how to walk on that street, too. Hyewon Yum's This is Our House is a warm story with spare text that follows a family through seasons and generations, from the early days of immigration to the times that made their house into a home.
A Frances Foster Book
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