H Is for Home: A Sesame Street Guide to Homes Around the World

Lerner. Nov. 2020. 32p. Tr $27.99. ISBN 9781541590014; pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781728413761.
PreS-Gr 2–Bright, colorful backgrounds and clear, engaging photos make this title appropriate and appealing, especially for preschool and kindergarten readers. Sesame Street characters provide playful and amusing comments throughout the text, which reflect their recognizable personalities. Each page features one sentence. The factual content results in a rich resource. The overarching message that happiness and love are the hallmarks of any type of family dwelling is a satisfying takeaway. The text distinguishes between different types of houses—single-family homes, duplex houses, and apartment buildings—but also introduces unconventional structures like underground shelters, portable yurts, and houseboats. Considering the target age group, there’s just enough information that describes how climate and location determine the materials and construction of a building. There is also a simple explanation of family homelessness and a link to the Sesame Street website. Numbered pages, a table of contents, an index, a picture glossary, and a map introduce kids to nonfiction text elements.
VERDICT An excellent tool for most primary grade social studies curricula, and also for young nonfiction fans reading at home.

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