This House is Made of Mud
Esta casa está hecha de lodo
Author: Ken Buchanan; illustrator: Libba Tracy
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Rising Moon/1994
ISBN: 0873585801
Age Levels: 4-8

Book Review

This house
is round,
like the Earth,
and the Sun,
and the Moon.
So begins this lyrical, simply told tale about a mud home which sits surrounded by a round yard (the desert) and protected by a multi-hued fence (the mountains). Although we never see the narrator, we do see in close detail the animals—both large and small—which share the house and the surrounding environment: bugs, cats, birds, snakes, mice, and more. The flora too is seen, "from the giant cacti, to the smallest blades of grass."

The illustrations, done in watercolor, are stunning—awash with light and the colors of the southwest.

The bilingual book (with both Spanish and English appearing on the page) works well as a read-aloud and equally as well as a read-alone for beginning readers.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2005 Education Oasis

About the Author

Ken Buchanan lives in Clatskanie, OR.

About the Illustrator

Libba Tracy lives in Black Mountain, NC.