A House

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Greenwillow Books
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8.9 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator and is the recipient of the Children's Literature Legacy Award for his lasting contribution to literature for children. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors, one for Olive's Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller; and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include The World and Everything in It; A House; A Parade of Elephants; Chrysanthemum; and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.


"Simple text invites viewers to consider images of a house . . . Henkes' familiar stealthy craftsmanship is on display as the story structure creates a rhythm that breaks up into happy surprise and new patterns . . . Viewers will . . . appreciate the blossoming (including literal blossoms) of a house into a home." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"We see the house in the morning, at night, with the sun, with the moon, in rain and snow, and more. Henkes uses the question-and-answer format to invite readers into the story, and the questions prompt discussions about concepts such as shapes, the passage of time, counting, weather, colors, and size differences. . . . The style conveys Henkes's (2020 winner of the Children's Literature Legacy Award) signature elegance; and the ending will have children pondering precisely what makes a 'house' a 'home.' Brilliant." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"This story follows a house that undergoes a transformation. . . . There is a shift that is subtle but sacred; the house becomes 'home.'. . . Henkes continues to whittle away all but the essentials in his life lessons for preschoolers, and the result is accessible and resonant." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Young children are in safe hands when they open a book by Kevin Henkes . . . A House pairs clean-lined, sherbet-colored illustrations with mild questions and observations . . . With the addition of people 'a house' becomes 'a home' in this enchantingly simple picture book." -- Wall Street Journal

"Eschewing a more traditional story arc in this volume, Henkes creates multiple images of a dwelling--a tiny, boxlike structure with a pink tiled roof, a round window, and a blue chimney--and offers a series of questions about them. . . . The questions suggest how much there is to observe about the very simplest things . . . The limited scope of this world--the house, the single-frame storms, even the simply rendered dog and cat--adds further charm to this bite-size creation that's rooted in noticing." -- Publishers Weekly

"When does a house become a home? . . . Caldecott and Legacy winner Henkes has put together a charmingly and deceptively simple interactive book that helps young readers identify shapes, delve into the concept of counting, and recognize meteorological phenomena. . . A sweet mindfulness exercise." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Invites readers to actively participate in the story, presenting questions about colors and shapes, which quickly become more complex considerations about the locations of objects, visual action elements, time of day, and size comparisons. . . . What started as a fun, interactive visual exercise ends up with a gentle message about family and what truly makes a house a home." -- Booklist