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The Little House
     

The Little House

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by Virginia Lee Burton
 

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The little house stood in the country, with trees and fields around her, and with the birds and flowers and children for company. In the distance twinkled the lights of the big city, and the little house wondered what it would be like to live there. One day steam shovels dug a road in front of the little house, and soon she was surrounded by houses and stores. Then

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The little house stood in the country, with trees and fields around her, and with the birds and flowers and children for company. In the distance twinkled the lights of the big city, and the little house wondered what it would be like to live there. One day steam shovels dug a road in front of the little house, and soon she was surrounded by houses and stores. Then tall skyscrapers rose on either side of her, elevated trains roared past her, and a subway shook the ground under her foundations. She longed for a glimpse of the stars and the scent of apple blossoms, but she was caught by the big city. Then, when she was so old and shabby that nobody wanted to live in her, she had an unexpected chance to escape.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606015318
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
04/01/1978
Age Range:
4 - 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 4.4 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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