I really love Mary Ann Hoberman's A House Is a House for Me. I spent hours with that book when I was a kid, going through every single page and always finding something new in Betty Fraser's incredible illustrations and Hoberman's deceptively simple text. But as much as I love it, it's not a great story time book. It's too long for my crowd and the illustrations that I love get lost when viewed from a distance. Still, I couldn't do a house themed story time without some nod to this favorite so what follows is my flannel homage.
A King lives in a castle
A ghost in a haunted house
And this little burrow deep in the ground
Is the perfect place for a mouse
In the city people live in apartments
A bird makes his nest out of yarn
And all sorts of animals like cows and horses
Make their home in a barn
A hermit crab stays in his shell
An owl lives up in a tree
And a house, this very pink house,
Is the perfect place for me!
This flannel set is also the champion of reusing previously made pieces.
The mouse and the pink house are from Little Mouse
The cow is from I Had a Rooster
The horse is from Book! Book! Book!
The tree is from Fall is Not Easy