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.


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

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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
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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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6 - 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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The Little House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Jennifer Guzman More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is abridged. They cut out about half of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have always loved this book. As a teacher, I use it to teach about rural, suburban and urban communities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're wanting the book in its entirety, the Nook version is not the one you want. It's been abridged.
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KayME More than 1 year ago
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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Kate Fisher More than 1 year ago
love book sooooo much!
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Melissa Lowe More than 1 year ago
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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Muffin-Korn-In-Denial More than 1 year ago
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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MacMom93 More than 1 year ago
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.
savethePandas More than 1 year ago
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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TheWizidd More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.