The Little House

The Little House

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by Virginia Lee Burton

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The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer.

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"This engaging picture book clearly presents a wealth of information." Booklist, ALA
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Happily, yet another generation of children will be introduced to the little house "way out in the country" with this special edition, originally published seventy years ago. This beautifully illustrated tale relates the history of a small, tidy house that sits on a hill surrounded by an apple orchard and a field of daisies. Year after year she is content to watch the children grow as seasons come and go. Eventually many changes come. Cars replace horses and carriages. The daisy field is turned into a paved road that leads to the city. Soon more houses, roads, stores, schools and apartment buildings surround the poor, deserted little house. It is no longer quiet and beautiful as trolley cars and elevated trains run day and night. Then a subway appears beneath the house. Skyscrapers replace all the buildings around the house. One spring day the "great-great-granddaughter of the man who built the Little House" discovers the now shabby structure and arranges for it to be moved to a new location on a hill in an apple orchard. Once more the house is loved and content. The special introduction by Burton's son provides great background information about the author as well as information about the creation of this story. The included CD is an added bonus, as it will enable children to listen while fully enjoying the lovely pastel drawings. It will also work at story time, so place this title on the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
Publishers Weekly
The author of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and her works feature in a group of fall titles. Virginia Lee Burton's Caldecott Medal-winning The Little House, about a cozy country home that passes through the seasons, becomes engulfed by urban sprawl and is subsequently restored to a suitably rural setting, now appears in a 60th anniversary edition. A special bellyband bedecks the hardcover and a citation graces the paperback edition.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Sandpiper Book Series
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Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
AD890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.

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