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A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
Posted July 20, 2011
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.
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Posted November 12, 2007
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!
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Posted November 1, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 15, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2010
Posted April 2, 2010
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2009
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.
Posted September 28, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2007
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¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2006
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, 1942Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2006
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, 1942Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2006
Let it SNOW! Duvoisin makes the reader start pulling out the winter coats and gloves, bring down the sleds from the attic and bring in some wood for the fireplace. This book was great, it took me back to when I was a child peering out the window on a school night hoping that it would snow so much we could get our front door open. Duvoisin writes as if he is looking through the eyes of a child. He makes you smell the snow in the air, and to form a picture of your own house and streets covered with snow. Duvoisin, describe nightfall on snowy night when everyone is asleep, the snow stops, the bright snow glows into the dark sky, and everyone is waken with the sun shining bright. This is a great book to read in a classroom when the forecast is calling for a chance of snow. Everyone gets excited children with a twinkle in their eye, even the teacher becomes glistened with excitement. Duvoisin, Roger. WHITE SNOW BRIGHT SNOW. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co. 1947
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