Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This is Our House

When it comes to picture books, I’m typically drawn to the ones that are going to make me (and more importantly, my audience) burst into laughter. Looking through some of the new books that just arrived at the library, though, one of my favorites didn’t need to make me giggle to appreciate it. This is Our House, by Hyewon Yum, is a perfect choice for families to share together.

In this book, a photo album of sorts, a young girl chronicles her family home’s history from the time her grandparents “arrived from far away with just two suitcases in hand,” up until the present day. The girl talks about all of the family memories her house has seen: her mother playing with her brothers when they were little; the kitchen where her grandmother made her mom’s favorite soup; the tree outside that blooms every year in the springtime; her mother bringing home her father to meet her grandparents for the first time; and the birth of the little girl herself.

More than anything else, I love thinking about the conversations that I know this book will encourage. Use it as an opportunity to share your family history with your children. You might be surprised at how much they will love hearing stories about your childhood and learning about the similarities and differences between yours and theirs. While you’re at it, you may even be inspired to break open some of those dusty, old family photo albums. While the book isn't likely to produce any laughter, the photo albums certainly might! J

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