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The Little House (Board Book)
     

The Little House (Board Book)

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by Virginia Lee Burton
 

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"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." So begins Virginia Lee Burton's classic The Little House, winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1942. The rosy-pink Little House, on a hill surrounded by apple trees, watches the days go by, from the first apple blossoms in

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"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." So begins Virginia Lee Burton's classic The Little House, winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1942. The rosy-pink Little House, on a hill surrounded by apple trees, watches the days go by, from the first apple blossoms in the spring through the winter snows. Always faintly aware of the city's distant lights, she starts to notice the city encroaching on her bucolic existence. First a road appears, which brings horseless carriages and then trucks and steamrollers. Before long, more roads, bigger homes, apartment buildings, stores, and garages surround the Little House. 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 dancing in the moonlight." Finally a woman recognizes her and whisks the Little House back to the country where she belongs, they will rejoice. For generations, young readers have been delighted by the whimsical, detailed drawings and happy ending.

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
Children's Literature - T. R. Hollingsworth
The Little House is happy as she sits on a hill top watching the sun rise and set day after day. Even though each day is different the Little House stays the same. The seasons come and go from snowy winter to the new birth of spring, to the sunny days of summer, and the chilly, golden harvest of fall. Then the world begins to change around her. She watches as the city draws near and grows. Finally, The Little House is surrounded by tall buildings and deafened by the sounds of the city. She begins to show the signs of age, peeling paint and cracked windows. Then one day she is carried away on a trailer, placed on a hill, repaired and restored. She again enjoys the changing seasons, hears the songs of the birds, and watches the world she loves. Published in 1942 by writer/artist Virginia Lee Burton, the story of the little house won the Caldecott Medal and has been a classic ever since. The tale of change and restoration has delighted children for more than sixty years. Part of a reissue of half a dozen of Burton's books. Reviewer: T. R. Hollingsworth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547131047
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
42
Sales rank:
84,858
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
AD890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 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.
sarkissian More than 1 year ago
Great pictures and heartwarming story.. good for ages 2 and up for bedtime.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! I really like it :).  -Brandt Jensen (Memorial Middle School)
Lil_bookette More than 1 year ago
This book is so sweet. First, the illustrations are wonderful. There's so much going on in them. As time passed for the house, it was fun to point out the changes that occurred in the pictures. The story almost made my voice quiver at times. Did I feel sympathy for a house? Yes, I did. It also made me wish for simpler times. I'm not sure if children can grasp the warning that all progress isn't good progress, but they can't miss the smog cloud developing over the little house. We can use all the green lessons that our children can get.
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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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