Monday, June 2, 2008

Come Over to My House

Come Over to My House
Theo LeSieg ~ Richard Erdoes
Random House, 1966

Those with a design knack often blog about this illustrator as evidenced here and here, and in this great writeup at grainedit (one of my favorite sites) on another of Erdoes' books -- Policemen Around the World.

Penned, of course, by one Mr. Theodor S. Geisel, Come Over to My House is a multicultural look at playdates around the world and the homes and young people that go with them. A lone little boy wanders across the globe and sees what life is like in different houses from thatched huts to tents in the wind. (Check out the Chucks on this kid. Awesome or what!?!) Such a cool read and opens up a myriad of different conversations to have with your child. I'm really into reading books to my son of late that have a larger experience to explain than just what is written in the words.

Every house in the world has a ceiling and floor.
But the ones you'll like best have a wide-open door.
Some houses are rich, full of silver and gold.
And some are quite poor, sort of empty and old.
Some houses are marble and some are just tin.
But they're all alike when a friend asks you in.

Expand your world view and check this one out. The end papers alone are worth it!

Also by:
McElligot's Pool
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
The Lorax
I Can Write!
The Sneetches and Other Stories
Hooper Humperdink? Not Him!
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Musicians Around the World


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Kate Coveny Hood said...

This is a favorite from my childhood and now a frequent request for my 3 year old. It's a wonderful book and so few people remember it.

Burgin Streetman said...

i know right? i just got musicians of the world... be expecting a post next week.

A Life Less Complicated said...

This was my favourite growing up and now I read it to my 3 year old. I like it because of it's multicultural aspect and it includes New Zealand. My copy is quite tattered and well used but what can I expect from 1967 - it was secondhand when my Aunty gifted it to me

Anonymous said...

Can anyone give me a list of the countries that each page is supposed to be? I can certainly guess at some of them, but some I'm not sure of. I read this book as a kid, and am now reading it to my toddler, am anticipating "where is that?" kinds of questions and would like to not be guessing too much...

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