Building Our House

Building Our House

Book - 2013
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A young girl narrates her family's move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a trailer while they build a house from the ground up, with help from relatives and friends.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374380236
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Call Number: E BEAN, J


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IndyPL_KatieW Jul 10, 2019

A unique look at what is involved in building a house from start to finish. A young girl matter-of-factly narrates her family's construction project, while richly detailed illustrations show how they make themselves at home. The dramatic double-page spread of the blueprint is fascinating to study. The supporting cast of animals in the pictures is delightful to follow too. This 2016-2017 Young Hoosier Book Award picture book nominee has wide appeal and is a great choice for reading aloud with a small group.

Jan 14, 2016

This has quickly turned in my kids' most favorite book. It is so much fun to watch the house being built, page by page, and see how the kids assist. WE LOVE THIS BOOK!

Dec 02, 2015

This has the charm and attention to detail that the Little House books have. It's fascinating to read about how people build things from scratch (especially if you are not handy yourself). My nephews LOVE this book!

Rather_be_reading Jan 09, 2014

Love, love, love this picture book! There's so much going on in the pictures that's not mentioned in the text (hint, look for the cat). It's a labour of love in every way.

Jan 02, 2014

My grandchildren were really able to identify with this having just watched their own home being built away from the city on a rocky farm.
This was wonderful for me and them, even the 2 1/2 year old was entranced.

ChristchurchLib May 06, 2013

While his award-winning picture book At Night was set in the city, author-illustrator Jonathan Bean's latest offering is pure country. A young girl's family lives in a trailer while they slowly build their new home from scratch. Bean, who based the story on events from his own childhood, offers readers a highly detailed account of the house-building process (from laying the foundation to hosting a frame-raising party) as well as a moving portrait of a family whose mutual work creates tight-knit bonds.

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scrapknapp Jan 16, 2013

This is an absolutely delightful children's book to read and look at!
I smiled all the way through it and will go back through the book to catch all the details of Jonathan's drawings! Perhaps it's because I have been to his home--while in progress and when completed--so could very much relate to all he described. Perhaps it's because he is my cousin's son that I found it so engaging; but I really think everyone--young and old--can relate to it and find it both educational and entertaining. I give it 5 stars!!
Janice Knapp


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