PPBF: In Front of My House


Author/Illustrator: Marianne Dubuc
Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2010 (originally published in France under Devant ma maison)
Ages: 3-7yrs
Themes: space perception, imagination, characters in literature
Opening: On a little hill, behind a brown fence, under a big oak tree, is…
Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A child explores the world around his home and fills it with characters from the stories and fables he knows. 


I like this book because: each spread is a page turner, that is how the book/story is designed, which makes it a great read-aloud. I reviewed another of Dubuc’s books, Animal Parade, and though the design is similar I still think both stand on their own. I am REALLY looking forward to her new book coming out NEXT WEEK – The Lion and the Bird

Resources/activities: have children make a list from memory of things in front of their own dwellings; make a diorama from the list; discuss different living arrangements – among classmates and around the world – watch the videos form this wonderful series, Families of the World – HERE


For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.


16 thoughts on “PPBF: In Front of My House

  1. Just this morning, thanks to your posting this book, I read it 🙂 I have to say, I love the concept, enjoyed every page turn and the way it was executed—for the most part. The one thing I think doesn’t quite work for me has to do with the purpose of the book from the child’s point of view.

    This is a concept book about position words. As adults, we already know what “next to” and “behind” etc. means, so we don’t need it shown to us. Other than the first and last descriptions (of the hill/tree/house), all the positions aren’t shown. A child can’t “see” what “next to” or “behind” or “on” is : / In that way, I find this otherwise brilliant book, lacking, I’m sorry to say 😦 But am SO glad to be aware of it! So thanks for that, Julie 🙂


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