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House on Maple Street

House on Maple Street

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by Bonnie Pryor, ALC (Editor), Beth Peck (Illustrator)

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What would you see from your front porch if your neighborhood suddenly looked as it did three hundred years ago? When the two girls who live at 107 Maple Street discover an ancient arrowhead and a broken china cup, they begin to wonder.


What would you see from your front porch if your neighborhood suddenly looked as it did three hundred years ago? When the two girls who live at 107 Maple Street discover an ancient arrowhead and a broken china cup, they begin to wonder.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Where the house on Maple Street stands now, there was a forest 300 years ago. This simple summary of how civilization came to one backyard traces back through the years: an Indian child loses an arrowhead, a pioneer child loses a china cup and both turn up in today's garden. The difficult task of giving a fiction-like drive to this long impersonal sweep isn't quite managed in the text. But the book's greatest assets are in the dark-toned but lively panoramas of wilderness becoming settlement, and then an everytown ``Maple Street.'' As a preface to what children will find in the earliest school books on the American past, the book may help waken a historical sense, and Peck's rich colorings and details have strong visual appeal. Ages 5-8. (March)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 Compressing 300 years of this-is-what-happened incidents at a somewhere-place into the limited text of a picture book takes some doing. The narrator starts with a forest and a spring (hard to draw a spring, so we have a stream), and time travels forward past forest fire, buffalo, Indians, wagon trains, settlers, farmers, down to the contemporary family who live in the house on Maple Street. An arrowhead (for recognition purposes drawn so large as to be a spear point, at least) is a unifying object lost by an Indian boy, found many years later by a little girl, lost again, found by the Maple Street family. The concept is intriguing, but the text lacks clarity. Murky illustrations with wooden figures, full of discrepancies, detract, and the whole will have limited appeal for whatever the targeted reading audience is supposed to be. George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.

Product Details

Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
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Product dimensions:
8.08(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bonnie Pryor thoroughly researched important periods of American history for each of her American Adventures. For Luke on the High Seas, she delved into seafaring in the nineteenth century so that the details of Luke Reed's journey would be accurate. She lives in Gambier, Ohio.

In Her Own Words...

"I grew up in Spokane, Washington, the middle child in a family of three girls. Books were a part of my life from as far back as I can remember. I was often in trouble for reading at the wrong time. I would be caught reading under the dining room table when I was supposed to be dusting, or reading under the covers by flashlight late at night-even hiding a novel inside my textbooks at school.

"Not everyone thought I read too much. I remember a school librarian who saved all the new books for me to read first, and on several occasions she gave me presents of books. Perhaps she felt she should because I had read every single thing in her library!

"I was very shy, and, like Robert in The Plum Tree War, I spent a lot of my time hanging from my knees from a favorite plum tree, telling myself stories. Of course since I was raised in the West these stories were usually about wild horses and cowboys, and I was always the heroine who came to the rescue. The stories were long and involved, sometimes going on for days. I was always impatient to get to my tree each day so I could find out what was going to happen next, but I was too lazy to write the stories down.

"I think everyone expected me to become a writer, but it took me twenty years and a gentle nudge from my husband, Robert, to build up the courage to try. In the meantime I moved to Ohio, worked at a variety of jobs, and raised a family. I have four grown children, eight grandchildren, and two daughters still at home-Jenny and Chrissy. Many of my books are loosely based upon incidents in my children's lives, and they often appear as characters, in personality if not by name.

"My family recently moved to the country. When I'm not writing and visiting schools, we're busy building barns and fences and laying out flower beds. In addition, we all take part in caring for the four newcomers to our home: three horses and a bunny!"

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House on Maple Street 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book the first time many years ago. It has stuck with me all this time. It makes the reader curious about the history of his own home and neighboorhood.