Friday, February 1, 2013

Flannel Friday: A King Lives In a Castle

I really love Mary Ann Hoberman's A House Is a House for Me. I spent hours with that book when I was a kid, going through every single page and always finding something new in Betty Fraser's incredible illustrations and Hoberman's deceptively simple text. But as much as I love it, it's not a great story time book. It's too long for my crowd and the illustrations that I love get lost when viewed from a  distance. Still, I couldn't do a house themed story time without some nod to this favorite so what follows is my flannel homage.

A King lives in a castle

A ghost in a haunted house 

 And this little burrow deep in the ground
Is the perfect place for a mouse

 In the city people live in apartments


A bird makes his nest out of yarn

And all sorts of animals like cows and horses
Make their home in a barn

A hermit crab stays in his shell

An owl lives up in a tree

And a house, this very pink house,
Is the perfect place for me!

 This flannel set is also the champion of reusing previously made pieces.

The mouse and the pink house are from Little Mouse
The cow is from I Had a Rooster
The horse is from Book! Book! Book!
The owl is from Summer Night/Spooky Night
The tree is from Fall is Not Easy

Flannel Friday is being hosted this week by Anne at So Tomorrow. More information on Flannel Friday, including how you can get involved, can be found at the official website.


  1. Love it! I am glad you could reuse some pieces because it looked like an awful lot of work.

  2. I loved that book too! This is an inspired idea! Thanks for sharing, cause now I want to use it!

  3. This is adorable! I love doing houses as a theme, and this will be such a great addition to that. I love the apartment building and the haunted house.