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This House is Made of Mud / Esta casa esta hecha de lodo (Reading Rainbow…

by Ken Buchanan

Other authors: Libba Tracy (Illustrator)

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This is a very pretty book. It tells of an adobe house and the family that lives there. The illustrations are of the Sonoran desert. The house looks like a Navajo Hogan, but the book is not specific about it. It would be a good book to give to children who do not live in the desert to give them an idea of what it is like. ( )
  aleader | Jan 20, 2014 |
This is a great storybook to use with students practicing Spanish as it is bilingual.
  uncletony5295 | Sep 27, 2010 |
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This book is a reminder of the simple things in life - home, family, and love. I felt very peaceful as I read it and enjoyed the beautiful pictures. ( )
  mmleynek | Jun 27, 2010 |
This is a simple story of a family living in the desert in southern Arizona close to the Mexican border. The story describes how the family built a house of mud, and how their daily lives intermingle with the environment around them. One part of the story talks about how the home has many friend and visitors who live in and around the family’s home, and no matter how big or small, they are all welcome. The story also describes the scenic views of the beautiful desert. Each page is also translated into Spanish.

I love that the book is completely translated into Spanish right on the same page as the English words. The story is simple but I really love how it gets right to the point of how beautiful desert living is. The illustrations provide a beautiful view of the subject matter. All of the illustrations were done in water color.

An obvious use of this book would be in working with Spanish speaking English learners. This book provides instant translation and would help them to make connections between words. Another extension idea would be to introduce this book in a lesson on desert living and the different cultures that live in desserts.
  jredway | Oct 25, 2008 |
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This house is made of mud.

Esta casa esta hecha de ledo.
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Chosen by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as a gift to every first grader in the state, this story describes the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and a family whose lives are intertwined with the environment and the home they make from adobe.

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A family builds an adobe house in the Southwest desert.

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