New York schools will continue to stock a book that implies the average American family is homeless. This Is My House pictures houses in countries around the world with a few sentences of text. The Washington Times reports:
“This is where I live right now. My family is staying in our car,” reads the text by author Arthur Dorros. “We will move into a house when we can.”
The accompanying drawing shows a scowling white mother and two children sitting in a car parked in a dilapidated urban neighborhood of graffiti-covered houses with boarded-up windows. An empty lot is strewn with trash and a discarded tire. The book purports to illustrate how people live in countries around the world.
The book shows a log cabin as the Russian house, which is not typical Russian housing either.
Publisher’s Weekly says:
Dorros’s work includes 22 dwellings in such diverse locales as Turkey, Norway and Samoa. Unfortunately, the small type identifying each location is frequently difficult to make out, and the short paragraph paired with each drawing offers very little factual information. Bolivia, for example, merits only two brief sentences: “I live in the high mountains, where there are few trees. We built our house out of stone.”
Contrary to the Times, “This iz my hows” isn’t Ebonics; it’s phonetics. The book provides a phonetic rendering of “This is my house” in each country’s home language.
Caerdroia complains that schools ban good books for offenses against political correctness while allowing books that are just plain dumb. I don’t believe in removing books from school libraries unless they’re truly awful. But this book sounds like a waste of money.