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An artist lady and her two Welsh Corgie dogs, Cleo, Punkey and Godzilla the cat lived in a city by a very noisy airport.
One day she took a trip on a ferry to an island not too far away to find a quiet place to live.
She looked and looked and finally found a place very special to build a house.
Now everyone told her that she couldn't do that. It was too much ...
No ... No ... No ... No ... No ...
But the idea just wouldn't go away and slowly it grew ...
The artist lady went to the bank and the bankers said, "We believe in you".
Some building plans were made and the Little House that Grew got bigger yet ...
Excerpted from The Little House That Grew by Jody Bone Copyright © 2012 by Jody Bone. Excerpted by permission of Trafford Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Posted December 29, 2012
THE LITTLE HOUSE THAT GREW is a charming book by a talented illustrator. The sparse words are nicely placed and don't overwhelm the beautiful illustrations.
The book is something that children will love to look at and have read to them, and will be appreciated by all children, especially those in the midst of a home building or remodel.
The wonderful message of not giving up on your dreams is a delight for adults as well as children.
Artist, writer Jody Bone has done an exceptional job on this book and I highly recommend it to children and adults as well.
Posted December 23, 2012
"The Little House that Grew"--The Important Thing Is to Build & Believe in Your Dreams by glass artist/teacher Jody Bone is my current Children's-Books-that-adults-like-too favorite. A beautiful little book with a big punch line: You can build your own house (or anything) step-by-step if you don't give up on your dreams--and understand the steps! As a woman CEO, I love that a woman turned her own true story of building her own house and illustrated it for children--a lot more than "make believe." The book makes you want to create your own children's books from your own true stories:
1. A woman artist and her two corgi puppies and kitty embark upon an adventure to see if they can build their own house on an island in today's world. It begins with the dream, overrides all of the people who say "No" and "It can't be done!" (I'd like a poster of that page! The story of most people's lives!)
2. Each step of "growing" a house proceeds with humorous, entertaining, childlike color illustrations, taking the child through how you build your own house from start to finish!
3. Great for children of all ages to spark creatively "visualizing" a dream of building your own home or anything--especially great for girls. (The idea of a woman managing her own house construction from scratch is not one I ever had proposed to me.) I've seen teenagers take a break from mobile gadgets and chuckle over this book, too. From going to the bank to the names/pictures of all the tools and supplies, building upwards from foundation to electrical, plumbing, insulation, sheettrock, painting--and how they all connect together. Wish I'd read this as a girl--and there are still new things I learned here. Liked the big trucks, too, dropping off supplies as we see the house "grow up" and "awaken" from bottom to top.
4. Provides inspiration for parents/teachers to get children discussing building REAL things, real-world building skills with an artistic eye in a children's book. Interesting parallel with the new "Tiny House" trend which has lots of "green" teens building their own tiny houses and getting an education they'd never get otherwise.
5. Inspires adults or kids to "get creative"! Makes you want to make your own children's book from a "true story." Children who read this start playing with paper and crayons to make their own personal stories into "story books."
6. The book really appeals if you're into house building, too--or creativity training! Helps spark children's interest in the creative worlds of builders, interior designers, architects, painters, electricians, plumbers, tools and things at the hardware store, lumber yard, construction company. I keep a copy near me to remind me to "build real stuff," dream big, get creative--and don't let "naysayers" hold me back. Inspiration for your favorite future "builder"...