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Building Our House
by Jonathan Bean


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A "New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice
Winner of the 2013 "Boston Globe" Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2013
A "New York Times Book Review "Notable Children's Book of 2013

In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country.  Read more...


 
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More About Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
 
 
 
Overview

A "New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice
Winner of the 2013 "Boston Globe" Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2013
A "New York Times Book Review "Notable Children's Book of 2013

In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities

As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, "Building Our House "is Jonathan Bean's retelling of his own family's true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author's collection.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780374380236
  • ISBN-10: 0374380236
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish Date: January 2013
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Art & Architecture
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Lifestyles - Country Life

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-11-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Not unlike Dan Yaccarino did in All the Way to America, Bean (At Night) turns family history into something larger, in this case a romantic portrait of the rewards of diligence, teamwork, and a DIY mentality. In a concluding note accompanied by family photos, Bean explains that the story is based on his family’s experience of building a farmhouse when he was a toddler. A sense of familial dedication and cohesiveness fills the pages, with narration coming from a character modeled after Bean’s older sister. The pale, matte illustrations are a flurry of activity (and filled with the sort of construction details that children adore), as the family equips a trailer to serve as temporary digs, buys lumber, builds a foundation, hosts a frame-raising party, and eventually turns to interior work. Bean’s pictures provide a supplementary visual narrative (Mom becomes pregnant, an infant appears), and the father offers suitably dadlike truisms like “The right tool for the right job” throughout. A warm look at the nuts and bolts of building a house and turning it into a home. Ages 3–6. Agent: Anna Webman, Curtis Brown. (Jan.)

 
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