The Little House

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The little house stood in the country, with trees and fields around her, and with the birds and flowers and children for company. In the distance twinkled the lights of the big city, and the little house wondered what it would be like to live there. One day steam shovels dug a road in front of the little house, and soon she was surrounded by houses and stores. Then tall skyscrapers rose on either side of her, elevated trains roared past her, and a subway shook the ground under her foundations. She longed for a ...
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Overview

The little house stood in the country, with trees and fields around her, and with the birds and flowers and children for company. In the distance twinkled the lights of the big city, and the little house wondered what it would be like to live there. One day steam shovels dug a road in front of the little house, and soon she was surrounded by houses and stores. Then tall skyscrapers rose on either side of her, elevated trains roared past her, and a subway shook the ground under her foundations. She longed for a glimpse of the stars and the scent of apple blossoms, but she was caught by the big city. Then, when she was so old and shabby that nobody wanted to live in her, she had an unexpected chance to escape.

A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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"This engaging picture book clearly presents a wealth of information." Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395259382
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1978
  • Series: Sandpiper Book Series
  • Edition number: 60
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 41,156
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Lovely story, but it's abridged from original

    All of my children have loved this book. However, the nook version is abridged, which I didn't see indicated before I bought it. It does not greatly affect how it reads, but we do miss the additional details.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    This was my favorite childhood book. I read it to all of my children, now I am ordering it for my granddaughter. In addition to being a great book to learn about seasons, it's great to open discussions about feelings. How did the little house feel? How would you feel? etc... I just love this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Love this book!

    Have always loved this book. As a teacher, I use it to teach about rural, suburban and urban communities.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    The book is abridged. They cut out about half of the story.

    The book is abridged. They cut out about half of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Warning: The Nook Book Is an Abridged Version

    If you're wanting the book in its entirety, the Nook version is not the one you want. It's been abridged.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Every child should have this book in their personnel library.

    I've loved this story since I was 4 or 5 yrs old. When I'm invited to a baby shower this is one of the books I give as a gift. Actually I give 4 of the Virginia Lee Burton stories as part of my shower gift. It's just a great book to have in a child's library.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    love

    love book sooooo much!

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    love!

    As a child I read this book over and over. As an adult I have shared it with my children. I will always love the idea that a home loves to be lived in.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    A lovely written story

    This book will put a smile on your face no matter what your age. You will just love this beautiful, well written, heart warming story that you can read whenever you're in a bad move and need a smile.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Big City Vs. Country Life

    A sweet story that brought me back to my childhood when my grandmother read me this story. A great reminder of how much life has changed.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    Lovely, timeless story

    My daughter and I discovered this book in the library. We both loved it so much, we had to buy it. It is a lovely story about a little house that sneaks in opportunites for parents to discuss change, tradition, values, etc. Wonderful book. A great gift for any child!

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Still Relevant After 60 Years

    If your child currently lives in a house, this book will teach them about how advances in technology can severely interrupt, and suffocate a very peaceful environment (e.g. destruction of "rain forest" in the name of "advancement") - but it does have a very happy ending for them!
    If your child currently lives in a city dwelling, (not a house), they may not understand this book, unless they are "dreaming" about the future and saying to themselves, "Someday, my family is going to LIVE in house, away from all the noise of a city". This book would provide them with that hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    Sad

    In a way this can be construde as a sad and disturbing book, especially if you grew up in an area where there were once farms and land and then it was all sold off and developed into a more city-like region. However, it has a good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    The Little House Review

    Caldecott Book Title: The Little House Reading Level: Second Grade 2.8 Genre: Fiction About the Author: Virginia Lee Burton was inspired to write and illustrate books for her two boys, Aristides and Michael. Virginia Lee Burton published her first book in 1935. The book was called Choo Choo. It was about a runaway train engine. This book set the pattern for several more books. Virginia Lee Burton¿s continued effort won her the Caldecott Medal for The Little House book in 1942. Burton died October 15, 1968 at the age of 59, from lung cancer. Book Review: The Little House is a story about a little house that saw lights in a far away city and wondered what it would be like to live there. As time passed, Little House saw many changes, and eventually she discovers that living in the city is not for her. She then wishes to live in the countryside once again. ¿This must be living in the city,¿ thought The Little House, and didn¿t know whether she liked it or not.¿ ¿She missed the fields of daisies and apple trees dancing in the moonlight.¿ After facing many difficulties, her wish comes true. ¿Never again would she be curious about the city¿¿ The story was very enjoyable to read. Although it¿s just a simple story, it teaches a valuable lesson about appreciating what we have and finding content with who we are and what we have been given in life. This story would be a story young readers would enjoy. I recommend it for pleasurable reading as well as, teaching material. Bibliographic Information: Burton,Virginia Lee. The Little House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1942.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    a good book to introduce the season

    Burton, Virginia lee The little Hose , Houghton miffin company Boston, 1942 Virginia Lee Burton 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 was born on August 30, 1909, in Newton Center, Massachusetts. When she was sixteen and a junior in high school, where there was a good art teacher, she happened to win a state scholarship to the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. This book is about a small house built on a hill in the middle of the country. The house sees the world change season at a time. She watches it grow and change in to completely different place. at first she sees the city lights and wishes she could see how it was to live there. However, she soon gets what she wants but it is not what she thought it would be. She becomes lonely and sad. She feels that no one takes care of her or loves her anymore. He fate changes when a little girl sees her. She takes the home back to the country and makes it her own.. I think this book is a good source for teaching seasons. It is fun to read and hold a little surprise in it for the children. They will love that that house seems like a real thing with character and emotions. The colors are great and the pictures are detailed. Hey kids what do you think will happen to the house. Who is the little girl who find it you will have to read and find out. ¿That¿s just the place¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    Who hasn┬┐t at one time wished that they could live some where else?

    Everyone wishes they could live some place more exciting and glamorous than in their ordinary surroundings. This is a story about a little house who saw the lights of a far away city and wondered what it would be like to live there. With the passage of time the little house saw many changes. Eventually she discovers what living in the city it is like to and finds that it is not to her liking. She then wishes to live in the countryside once again. It the end, the little house gets her wish, but has to go through a long period of difficulty before it happens. I found this story to be immensely appealing and enjoyed reading it very much. This simple story teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of appreciating where you are now and finding contentment in your present situation. This book is appropriate for younger readers and I recommend it enthusiastically.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    A house within a city

    This is a great book for children to read so that they can understand how a city is built and grows bigger and bigger. The story is of a house that is built by a man who thinks that it is too special to ever be sold so he decides to give it to his children and they can keep passing the small house on. The little house seems happy and content until it is suddenly surrounded by other houses. Will the little house ever become happy again? One has to read to find that out. This is a great book that I have loved since I was a small child. People of all ages can read and re-read this story and never grow tired of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    College Review for Class

    What happens when everything around you changes and you stay the same? That¿s what the house in this children¿s picture book, ¿The Little House¿ a 1943 Caldecott Medal, finds out. ¿Once upon a time there was a Little House way out in the country. She was a pretty Little House and she was strong and well built.¿ Each day she watches as the days go by first the apple blossoms in the spring, then in the long summer days she sat and watches the trees cover themselves with leaves, then in the fall when the days grew shorter and the nights colder, she watches the first frost, then comes the winter, when the nights are long and the days short, she watches the children coasting and skating. But all that begins to change when roads appear, and brings horseless carriages and then trucks and steamrollers. Before long, more roads, bigger homes, apartment buildings, stores, and garages surround the Little House. So, her family moves out and she finds herself alone in the middle of the city, where the artificial lights are so bright that the Little House can no longer see the sun or the moon. She often dreams of ¿the field of daisies and the apple trees.¿ Well Little House see the country again? To find out what happens to Little House, pick up this wonderful book by Virginia Lee Burton. The author was born on August 30, 1909 in Newton Center, Massachusetts. She lived in Newton Corner until she was eight then they moved to California. Virginia Lee Burton was a talented author and illustrator. She died on October 15, 1968 at the age of fifty-nine. She is survived by her two sons. Other books you might enjoy by this author are: Choo Choo (1937) and Katy and the Big Snow (1943) Burton Lee Virginia, ¿The Little House¿, Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston, 1942

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Review

    This wonderful little story is about a little house and how the world grew up around it. At first the little house was completely happy because she lived out in the country and could experience each and every season and how beautiful everything was. However, as time went on the city life kept creeping closer and closer to her, till finally she was right in the middle of it. With a train over her hear, and a subway under her foundation, the smoke and vibrations from it all prevented her from enjoying any of the seasons anymore, in fact she couldn¿t even distinguish between the seasons anymore. Also during the course of this the man that had built her so strong had passed away but he had said that, ¿This little house shall never be sold for gold or silver and she will live to see our great-great-grandchildren¿s great-great-grandchildren living in her.¿ Therefore, true to his word she was never sold, and although she was still a perfectly good house she was beginning to be a little run-down, she needed a new paint job and new shutters. Her life continued until one day someone happened by her place in the midst of the city and changed her life completely. Who do you think found her? Read this wonderful story to find out! The author of this story, Virginia Lee Burton lived in a place called Folly Cove in Massachusetts with her two sons and husband. She not only wrote all of her wonderful stories but illustrated them all too. She won the 1942 coveted Caldecott Medal for this book, The Little house. In her home town she also formed the group known as the Folly Cove Designers, which are an internationally renown group of artisans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Little House

    The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. This is a good book that would be great for teachers to use in the class room, but I am not sure that it be a popular pick in the library. Burton writes about little house the sits, season after season all by itself only surrounded by rolling hills. As days and months go by the little house watches children swim on hot summer days, and as they went back to school. The leaves fall, then came some snow, but what the little has didn¿t know was things were about to change. No more horse and buggies, new roads starting being built, along with other houses, then big tall buildings. The beautiful and peaceful country setting was vanishing no more sunsets and sunrises to be seen. The little house stayed strong, but became very unhappy. This is a good book to teach about how things change over the course of years, and helps us realize we need to cherish how things are, and to conserve the natural lands that are left. Burton, Lee Virginia. The Little House. New York: Scholastic Inc, 1942

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