The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China
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Annotation: Traces the author's childhood in World War II-era Shanghai, where the house built by his father provided comfort and safety to his family and a growing number of friends and strangers.
Catalog Number: #5266222
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-07628-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-07628-9
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2011005396
Dimensions: 31 cm.
Genre: Biographies
Language: English
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Word Count: 3,327
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 146042 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.2 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q55047
Lexile: 900L
Guided Reading Level: V

I knew nothing could happen to us within those walls, in the house Baba built.

In Ed Young's childhood home in Shanghai, all was not as it seemed: a rocking chair became a horse; a roof became a roller rink; an empty swimming pool became a place for riding scooters and bikes. The house his father built transformed as needed into a place to play hide-and-seek, to eat bamboo shoots, and to be safe.

For outside the home's walls, China was at war. Soon the house held not only Ed and his four siblings but also friends, relatives, and even strangers who became family. The war grew closer, and Ed watched as planes flew overhead and frends joined the Chinese air force. But through it all, Ed's childhood remained full of joy and imagination.

This powerful, poignant, and exquisitely illustrated memoir is the story of one of our most beloved children's illustrators and the house his baba built.


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