Building Our House

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Macmillan, Jan 8, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceWinner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Picture BookA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013A 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.


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User Review  - Candy - Goodreads

"He teaches all day, pounds on the house all night, and his wife still gets pregnant!" This observation was made about one of our friends, Stan, who is now gone from this world. This book reminded me ... Read full review

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User Review  - Abby Brithinee - Goodreads

This book shows an alternative way of living, in which a family builds their own house from the ground up, and is a good introduction to homesteading. Building Our House is illustrated in a cartoon ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

JONATHAN BEAN received an M.F.A. from New York's School of Visual Arts and now lives and works in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His first book, At Night, won the 2008 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, and he is also the illustrator of two acclaimed picture books by Lauren Thompson, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked and One Starry Night. Jonathan's parents still live in the house the family built, outside of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.  

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