The House Baba Built

The House Baba Built

An Artist's Childhood in China

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316076289
Branch Call Number: J 92 Y848a 2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (some col.) ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Koponen, Libby
Alternative Title: Artist's childhood in China


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In this memoir, illustrator Ed Young remembers the house his father built in Shanghai, China, to protect his family during the Japanese invasion. Illustrated.

LMcShaneCLE Apr 02, 2012

Honored authors Ed Young, Janice Weaver and Larry Dane Brimner will present to school assemblies at 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012--Call Chrystal Carr Jeter at 216-623-7012 to reserve seating for your school group. Evening reception and ceremony are also open to the public and free to attend--RSVP to 216-623-2921


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