In Every House on Every Street

In Every House on Every Street
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  • Lili La Baleine
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Release Date
December 05, 2023
Throughout the young narrator’s house, there is laughter, games, fun, and love! Mom and Dad teach the children to bake together. They all spend time singing or just talking quietly. And the children learn to say “I’m sorry” and how to clean up after playtime is done. In every house, on every street...there is laughter and tears. There are friends. There is family. And there is love.

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Seeing inside the homes of others!
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A little boy lives in an older house on a busy street, and invites the reader in to discover what goes on inside. While the kitchen is where the family, cooks, it's also where they learn to work as a team. The dining room sees some tomfoolery as well as meals, and the living room is the backdrop for games and singing. The entire house is for playing, but also for loving each other and taking care of each other. The last pages make the guess that behind the doors of other houses on the street, similar activities occur, and the pages that show people through cut out windows open up so that we can see the entire interiors of the houses!

Good Points
Told in verse, this book follows the hectic adventures of a family that includes a mother and daughter who are lighter complected, and a father and son who are a bit darker. There is a lot of diversity on the street, with neighbors of a variety of ages, abilities, and ethnicities. The illustrator is French, and while there is a little bit of a European feel to the street, it could be located in any major city.

I love books with lots of details; the short text gives plenty of tiem to stop and ask listeners to pick out different objects in the backgrounds. The last two pages, with the fold out interior views of the insides of houses will get a LOT of use. Just be careful that it doesn't lead to a grown up Zillow addiction-- seeing inside other people's houses is always interesting.

As a child growing up in the suburbs, I was always enthralled with books that depicted city life. Imagine going out one's front door and being about to walk to shops and see friends! Both city dwellers and others will be drawn into this world, and it's a great choice for fans of books about houses and neighborhoods like Ellis' understated Home, Harper's My Block Looks Like, or Graham's The Concrete Garden.
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