Synopses & Reviews
A tree has bloomed on a city block outside a house for many years. Inside that house, several generations of a family have grown up. Grandma and Grandpa arrived at the house from a country far away, and Mom and her brothers played on the steps on warm summer days. This little girl learned how to walk on that street, too. Hyewon Yum's This is Our House is a warm story with spare text that follows a family through seasons and generations, from the early days of immigration to the times that made their house into a home.
A Frances Foster Book
"A small girl with twin braids narrates her family's history with pride, starting with when her grandparents arrived at a brick rowhouse on a leafy street, coming from 'far away with just two suitcases in hand.' Since then, three generations have marked the seasons and personal milestones outside the house's front door ('This is the street where I learned to walk, just like my mom,' says the girl), found snug shelter within its walls ('This is the room where they all slept together on cold winter nights'), and consumed homemade soup in its kitchen. Told in sunny, openhearted watercolor vignettes and snapshotlike framed images, Yum's (Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!) story of how a house became a longtime home may feel exotic to readers whose own family histories are comparatively transient. But its essence will ring true, regardless: we're connected not just by genes and bloodlines, but also by the places we share. An inviting personal history that would pair well with Jacqueline Woodson's similarly themed This Is the Rope, also out this summer. Ages 3 8. Agent: Sean McCarthy, Sheldon Fogelman Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Hyewon Yum is the critically acclaimed author of several previous picture books. Of The Twins' Blanket, Publishers Weekly said in a starred review that "Yum's third picture book shows the author/illustrator thoroughly at home with the picture book form." She studied painting and printmaking at Seoul National University in South Korea. She received her master of fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and presently lives in Brooklyn, New York.