Schema: Think about what is a home. List some places that are homes to people, animals, and things.
Text-to-Self Connections: Visiting different homes such as relatives, friends, and neighbors
Theme: The author is sharing the message that home is where a person feels happy and loved as opposed to a particular place.
In this full color picture book, the main character, a small boy, feels discontented with his home and sets out to explore the world and the way others live. He visits many places and tells what he does there. He doesn’t make any judgements about each place. Readers may see their own home in the book. Homes include a farm in a rural area, mobile homes, large homes with swimming pools, a bird’s nest, and an igloo.
Synthesis: Ask students what the author is telling them with this story. I think they will be able to synthesize the boy’s experience into their own schema and apply it to where they live and why it’s the best home for them.
Drawing Conclusions: The boy drew the conclusion that his best home is where he is loved. Each place he visited, he was alone. What was missing? His family was missing.
I recommend this as a read aloud for grades 2-5 for a discussion about homes.