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Addendum: I see that Home has been criticized for some stereotyping, when it comes to who lives where - a young girl of color living in a graffiti-covered urban apartment building, for instance - as well as some poorly thought out juxtapositions. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. She uses her colours sparingly, browns, greys, greens and reds to great effect as we follow a little bird - a migrator free to travel anywhere - around the world (both real and imaginary) to places we may never visit. Still, this is a worthy first endeavor, and I look forward to seeing what Ellis does in her second picture-book, the recently released Du Iz Tak?

One criticism I have seen that strikes me as misguided is the one that claims that the scene set in a Middle-Eastern palace, complete with underground lair containing piles of gold, is an example of some kind of Orientalist exotification. Carson lives on a farm in Oregon with Colin, their two sons, two cats, one llama, three goats, many chickens, and an unfathomable multitude of tree frogs. From houses in the country to apartments in the city, from living underwater to living on the road, a diverse range of homes is profiled here: identified in simple statements, and depicted in lovely folk-art illustrations. Carson Ellis attempts to expand acceptance and preclude any judgments towards the classification of homes in, “Home”. 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.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. While I love the look and color palette of the gouache and ink artwork, the story just didn't satisfy me. 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. The illustrations are mainly whimsical depictions of various types of homes, of both people and animals, around the world. 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.

Ellis reflects on all the possibilities of home through her lovely illustrations and fantastical imaginings of all that a home could be. 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. Coming as it does before the "home" in a shoe - a clear fairy-tale reference - I myself read the Middle-Eastern scene as a reference to the story of Aladdin, and have to wonder if these critics are simply unaware of that story, and ignorant of the wider storytelling tradition of The Arabian Nights.She has illustrated a number of books for kids including The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles by her husband, Colin Meloy. 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. That said, I wasn't quite as impressed with the narrative, which felt random to me, and not in an appealing way. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. I liked the whimsical story about the many different homes that exist--both real and fantastical--but it was the art that took my breath away.

Despite the slight adult essence; children will love the large, colorful, and detailed watercolor paintings that cover the pages.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. As a debut, I found Ellis' concept of what home means to different people a powerful and thought-provoking discussion. We liked the way some homes were real and some like the Moonian's house and the home of the Norse god were fantasy. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. Home” is an oversized juvenile picture book with very little text targeting very young children mostly in the 4-6 age bracket.



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