Dear Mary Ann Hoberman and Betty Fraser,

A House is a House for MeHere’s one last review for National Poetry MonthA House is a House for Me!  This is the kind of poem book that never gets old.  The sing-song, rhythmic, bouncy rhymes and the patterns that change subtly every time they repeat make this a great read-aloud.  I feel sure the out-loud sound of it must have been a factor in your writing process, too, because when you were at Curious George recently, you stressed the importance and fun of memorizing poems and learning to recite them.  This is precisely the kind of poem I like to memorize, too–though I haven’t managed to do so yet!  The illustrations are pretty great, too, bright and busy and in a style that feels nostalgic to me, though it probably was the style of the day back in 1982 (the year I was born, in case you wondered).  The art actually reminds me of one of my favorite books as a very young child, the 1976 edition of The Little Engine That Could illustrated by Ruth Sanderson.  It has the same angelic faces and slightly muted colors, I think.  Anyway, another four-star read to close out the month!

Love,

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