This Is My Home, This Is My School

Jonathan Bean. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-374-38020-5
Bean (Big Snow) offers a humorous and informative view of a homeschooling household. The boy who narrates—inspired by Bean himself, as family photos at the end make clear—stands amid a flock of chickens and addresses readers. “This is my home,” he says. When the page turns, he’s still there. “And this is my school.” Bean’s scribbly pen-and-ink style is perfectly suited for the liveliness of a home in which the living room is both a place to relax and a classroom, the kitchen is the cafeteria, and the family car is also the school bus. The living room is packed with papers, animals, plants, and furniture; it takes some effort to locate the teacher (his mother) and her pupils (the boy and his sisters). Bean shows the children canning fruit, playing music, and doing field biology in a creek: “We have a lot of classrooms,” he explains. Children whose classrooms are heavily regimented and lit with fluorescents will envy the family; it’s clear that it’s easier to learn in a place that feels like home. Ages 3–6. Agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/20/2015
Release date: 10/27/2015
Genre: Children's
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