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George says the cardboard house is his and no one else can play in it. But Lindy, Marly, Freddie, Charlene, Marlene, Luther, Sophie and Rasheda have other ideas!
This is a cute little story from the author Michael Rosen. George seems like a bit of a bully as he doesn't let anyone else into his house that he has made out of a cardboard box. His friends try and come in but he comes up with different reasons why the friends shouldn't come in. For example he says things like, "This house is not for girls, this house is not for small people or this house is not for twins."
However, the friends all get together and decide they want to go into the house. Just then George realises something, he needs to go to the toilet and has to leave his house, well of course, we can all guess what happens, the other kids all jump into the house straight away. When George comes back they don't let him into the house to give him a bit of his own medicine. They tell him he can't come in, solely because he has red hair. I actually think this is not a very nice reason to not allow him into the house and also think its not the best thing to put into a childrens book as we really shouldn't encourage bullying about peoples looks.
Anyway, I think in the end the moral of the story as George and his friends discover is that the house is for everyone and they can all play together as friends, a good thing to teach children in my opinion.
As well as the red hair thing I also don't like all the kids names in this book, the author mentions them too many times in my opinion and I'm not sure whether he's trying to be modern with the name choices but Charlene and Marlene, really?!
The illustrations are cute. They are lovely coloured in pencil drawings and really bring the cardboard box house to life as well as the kids who are cute little cartoonish type characters. The colours are bright and bold and nice to look at and my little girl particularly enjoys this pictures for some reason. I like the text too. There is only a sentence or two on each page which is quick and easy to read and is also in bold black lettering so its very clear and easy to read.
We have the paperback version which is published by Walker books, ISBN 978-1-4063-0564-7 and costs £5.99.
Ok the story 'This is Our house' written by Michael Rosen is an interesting tale of one little ginger-headed boy who refuses to share his toy with anyone else.
I am sure that at some point in our lives (hopefully when we were a lot younger) we have come across someone who behaves in a similar way to this young chap, who is called George. George is in a cardboard box, which he has made into a make-believe house. Many of his friends try to enter his house, but they are rudely told to play somewhere else.
In many ways, this story shows how people can be 'picked on' or left out of situations because of certain factors. For example, some of the reasons that george doesn't let people into his house are that they 'have glasses' or is 'a girl.' Now right or wrong, I do remember these kind of things happening in the playground when I was young.
Obviously, in the end, a resolution is found and George gets his comeuppance. He learns that it is much more fun if everyone plays together and that sharing is important.
I did enjoy the layout of this book. The pictures do not conform to any particular size or shape. There are several full-page pictures (with and without text) whilst there is also half page (horizontal) images that run onto the following pages. My kids did really enjoy watching me read this story to them, and I think this was a key aspect of it.
Overall, I think it is a good book, with some very good colourful images that really help the story. To be fair, I think I quite liked reading this book, due to being the little rat-bag George with his mean comments. Maybe that's just me. Would love to hear your comments if you have read this...
A fantastic story wrote by Michael Rosen and Bob Graham and published by Walker Books.
The story centers around a naughty little boy called George, he seems very selfish and will not share the homemade cardboard box "house" with his friends, even though the "house" is everyones.
Throughout the story George refuses entry to the house to many of his friends for many different reasons, he claims that the house isn't for people with red hair - even though he has red hair, it isn't for small people, or people who like tunnels... George goes through a lot of different situations with his friends and still wants to keep the house for himself.
It is only when George needs the toilet that he leaves the house and when he returns he finds the other children all inside the house.
When George returns the other children wont let him in the house, he has a tantrum, cries, shouts and stamps his feet and then realises that the house is for people with red hair, for girls, small people, twins, people who wear glasses and likes tunnels... he realises that the house is for everyone!!
A great story to help children understand how to share. Widely available online i.e. Amazon and in local bookstores.
This story is also available in a story book with DVD so your child can watch along too.
George is a rather naughty little red haired boy. He finds it difficult to share. I am sure we have all been in this situation before, whether it be ourselves or our children, sometimes sharing is a lot to ask! This is our House is a delightful children's picture book, which tells the story of a little boy, George, who does not want to share something that belongs to everyone.
The children have built a cardboard house out of a large box. George sneakily takes occupancy and decides it is just for him. Once in, George explains that it is his house and no one else is allowed in. One little girl explains that it isn't his house, but that it belongs to everyone. George insists that it is all for him. One by one his friends come to play in the box, but George will not let them in (squatter's rights!). All the other children are angry at George. Naughty George has rather nasty reasons for not letting them in, the house is not for girls, small people, twins, or those who wear glasses.
By this time, the other children are rather fed up with George, having each conspired to find a way in and failed. After a while, George needs the toilet. He tells everyone that he is going to leave the house and no one must enter. George comes back, everyone is in the house, there is no room, and the house is not for people with red hair. At this point George has a tantrum, but then stops and realises his behavior has not been good. The book ends saying the house is for everyone.
Slowly, during the book, the box gets damaged and by the end of the book it really is in a dilapidated state. But the children do not seem to mind, they are all inside the 'house' and enjoying themselves. It is much more fun to share, as George discovered.
This story is great at explaining and discussing the concept of 'sharing'. George is quite insistent on not letting anyone in, and even gets physical, until the roles are reversed and he sees for himself how unfair he has been. Children can identify throughout the book the ways in which George is being unfair. Little children can be quite mean, and the book covers an issue that all children should understand and can relate to.
The children in the story are from various ethnic backgrounds. it gives a great feel that everyone should play together.
The book also shows how silly George looks when he is having a tantrum. None of the other children are bothered by his behaviour and it is up to George to sort himself out. This is great to share with my little one after he has overcome a tantrum. Something to laugh about, whilst making him realise that it is not appropriate behaviour!
Michael Rosen, a British author, wrote the book. He has written it in a very life like way. By this I mean the whole story seems like a genuine kids scenario. You can just imagine it happening in real life, as I'm sure it does all over the world. The language used is identical to that of little children.
Bob Graham has illustrated the book in a fun manner. It actually looks as if he has taken his pencils and colours out, and sketched the pictures personally in each book. The pages are full of detail, which are fun to spot. We always enjoy the dog having a wee up the side of the cardboard house! Bob Graham has made the main picture in bright colours and then the background in grey. Both still have the detail, but it is the coloured part which the story is focusing on.
I have had this book for quite a few years now, and always enjoyed reading it with my children. It is great to see them recognise George's bad ways, and for them to make suggestions to over come the problems. George victimized all the other children and only when he becomes a victim himself does he change his ways. Hopefully the story will make children think before they decide not to share.
My kids immediately want to build a house, similar to the one in the story. They can see it is fun, and hopefully learnt not to be like George!
This is Our House is published by Walker Books.
ISBN number 0-7445-6020-9.