This Old New House

This Old New House

by Sheila McGraw

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- This book takes readers through the various steps in renovating a house. An appended glossary defines various technical terms, italicized in the text (e.g., drywall , studs , insulation ) . The illustrations of the house itself recall the pictures in Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House (Houghton, 1942). The art work, sometimes realistic and sometimes cartoon-like, is pleasant, but not memorable. The house is not anthropomorphized, but rather stands quietly, while ``things'' are done to it. The child neighbor, Graham, watches while permits are arranged, a contractor arrives in safety gear, and a dumpster is installed to hold discarded walls, ceilings, and stairs. He learns about electrical cables, gas and telephone lines, and a sewage system. Real estate values are examined--the young owners declare that they have bought this house with saved dollars because they want to help to keep the city's history alive. On moving day, Graham calls the refurbished property an ``old, new house.'' Cole's Magic School Bus at the Water Works (Scholastic, 1986) enlightens readers more specifically, The Little House more magically, and Macaulay's Underground (1976) and Unbuilding (1980, both Houghton) more graphically. However, the glossary is a favorable feature here, and the book could be a good match for a city child who is experiencing rebuilding on a personal level. --Reva Pitch Margolis, Norwood School, NJ

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Annick Press, Limited
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 13 Years

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