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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Home, written and illustrated by Carson Ellis. Candlewick Press, Random House. 2015. $19.00 ages 3 and up

"French people live in
French homes.

Atlantians make their
homes underwater.

And some folks live
on the road.

Clean homes, messy homes ..."

Is home where your heart is? We know just by spending time with friends that 'home' can be very different from one person to another. In Carson Ellis' exploration of homes, she takes us from the real to the imaginary, using the concept of home in all of its various meanings. Then, she comes full circle to the house in the country that is her home ... the place where she writes and lives her life. She ends with a question for her readers.

On the pages in between the first and the last, she takes us on a journey of discovery. It provides opportunity for those sharing it to consider the concept of homes, and who they are meant to shelter. No matter who we are or where we live, we all appreciate that place we gladly describe as home. It might be the hollow in a tree, a shoe, or a tin hut. From a safe place, we can reach out and become part of a greater community. The more often you sit to contemplate its story, the more you will discover what makes us part of a greater world.

Both whimsical and substantive, these are homes that pay homage to the variety in architecture, and to those who share those architectural spaces. In muted tones using gouache and ink, she creates diverse environments and invites readers to come in and share their stories and ideas by stopping occasionally to ask a quiet question. Imagination is at the heart of its meaning. Because of that, the possibilities are endless.

Come in, feel welcome as you explore its lovely, elegant pages.

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