If You Live Here

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins/. Feb. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062865328.
PreS-Gr 1–Readers are invited to imagine what it would be like to live in a number of different homes in this creative picture book. Numerous types of dwellings are explored, including a spaceship, tree house, castle, submarine, and more. Each new setting includes a characteristic or trait that is helpful for living in that place. For instance, if one were to live on a train, the resident knows, “that everything changes,” and if someone took up residence on a farm, they would “see all kinds of families each day.” Neal’s mixed-media illustrations are utterly spectacular; each double-page spread is bursting with color and detail. Not only that, eagle-eyed readers will notice that each scene contains a hint of the home on the next page. This title could also function well in STEM lessons, as readers can discuss and build the type of house necessary for a given setting. Pair with The House of Grass and Sky by Mary Lyn Ray and other titles for story times and fruitful discussions on the topic of home.
VERDICT Whimsical and imaginative, this sweet story is a welcome addition to many collections.–

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