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A Very Special House
Title: A Very Special House
Author: Ruth Krauss
Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Harper & Row Publishers
Publication year: 1953
Brief Summary: From Amazon-“A boy’s imagination also comes to the fore in A Very Special House (1953) by Krauss, as the artist depicts the hero creating a home filled with a turtle, a giant, a very old lion and “some monkeys and some skunkeys.” Oversize pages brim with the creatures as well as his house’s “very special” furnishings.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book would be great for younger children. There is a lot of repetition and rhyme in this book which I believe would be ideal for children just beginning to read and write. For example, the part where MORE MORE MORE is repeated for a whole paragraph.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I think the black line drawings that show the creatures and wonderings of the little boy’s imaginings would appeal to children. Even though this was published in 1953, I think this book could still be useful for today for encouraging imagination in children is still imperative.