Home is Where the Birds Sing

S. & S./Beach Lane. May 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534449572.
K-Gr 2–Home is a word that is loaded with many meanings. Rylant has written a text that notices, celebrates, and welcomes readers to define what home means to them. With a diverse cast throughout the book, she drives home the central theme: the power of home is to nourish us, welcome us, and then to send us out into the world. The illustrations feature engaging, detailed scenes of rooms in a muted palette that amplify and enliven the text. Readers will find their worlds reflected within these scenes and move on naturally to the concept of what home means to them.
VERDICT Welcoming and affirming, this title makes room for the many ways home is more than physical shelter; this is certain to be a foundation for lively story hour discussions.

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