Homeby Published 16 Mar 2004
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A family.Little by little, baby Tracy grows. She and her neighbors begin to rescue their street. Together, children and adults plant grass and trees and bushes in the empty spaces. They paint murals over old graffiti. They stop the cars. Everything begins to blossom.
A place to play.
A place to feel safe.
In Jeannie Baker's striking, natural collages, an urban community reclaims its land. A drab city street becomes a living, thriving neighborhood -- a place to call home.
Wordless picture book about neighbors gradually improving their grotty living area. Nice story, but what really stands out are Baker's realistic and detail-filled collaged illustrations.
A beautiful, nearly-wordless book shows the view from one window as a baby grows up and the street outside is transformed into a beautiful place to live. So much to look at here -- a great book for community, narrative skills, passage of time, and urban renewal.
A place to play.
A place to feel safe.
Little by little, baby Tracy grows. She and her neighbors begin to rescue their street. Together, children and adults plant grass and trees and bushes in the empty spaces. They paint murals over old graffiti. They stop the cars. Everything begins to blossom.
In Jeannie Baker's striking, natural collages, an urban community reclaims its land. A drab city street becomes a living, thriving neighborhood -- a place to call home."
Australian children's book author/artist Jeannie Baker delivers an immensely engaging wordless picture-book in Home, which follows the life story of a young girl who grows to adulthood in an urban landscape that, over time, and through hard work on the part of neighborhood residents, becomes a natural oasis. Each two-page spread sees Tracy at a slightly older age, while her back yard, and the street beyond, is slowly transformed. From the first step of planting grass where concrete used to prevail, to reclaiming their street, and blocking it off from automobile traffic, the people in this small corner of the city gradually remake their corner of the world, turning it from a collection of buildings into a home.
A wonderful book that, entirely through illustrations, tells an engrossing story, Home also has an important message to impart, about participating in the community around us, about wise use of our resources and space, in more crowded environments, and about the joys of nature, even in the city. The artwork itself is done in collage, and is incredibly appealing. Sometimes this kind of project works for me, and sometimes it doesn't: Jeannie Baker's book is definitely in the first category! I'm excited to try more of her titles (such as Mirror , which I currently have checked out from the library), and thank my online friends, as ever (Kathryn and Lisa: I'm looking at you, with this one!), for putting me on to such wonderful books, that I might otherwise never have discovered!
Those familiar with Baker's work will know of her signature, natural collage art style as well as her environmentalist viewpoints underpinning much of her work. I haven't been a fan of some of her previous books (Grandmother, for instance) but this story focuses solely on her strengths - which is to bring pictures to life.
The reader is given a unique viewpoint within the story, our point of focus being the view from our little protagonist's bedroom window. As she grows and blossoms, so does her neighbourhood. It transforms from desolate and unfriendly to a bountiful garden shared by the local people.
Its a lovely 'spot the difference' which carries a serious message about home, belonging and the way we live our lives. It would also make a fabulous art project!
Desolation. Who wants it? Well, in general, no one I know; and yet if we turn our backs on all the desolate places (geographic or in the human heart) pretty soon everything will be waste. That is why I love this book: it is a book about bringing SHALOM, or life as it ought to be, to a desolate place. It is a picture book with a view out the same window, with each successive page coming forward about two years. Children love the "I spy" activity of searching for what has changed, and parents and children alike will develop their "imagination for SHALOM" as they look through the book. It brings to mind Jeremiah 29:4-7:
Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: "Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and opray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."