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Little House Paperback – Apr 1978

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); New edition edition (April 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039525938X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395259382
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 0.5 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
My brothers and I had this book when we were little and loved it, so I was delighted to find it again for my children. One one level, it is a charming, moving tale, beautifully illustrated, of a little country house being swallowed up by the city. But the story also teaches children about so many things - seasons and the passage of time, urban development and different kinds of transport - in a completely undidactic and subtle way. Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenny_Consumer on 16 July 2008
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This book is the first of which I have a memory. It's charm and impact have proven the test of time and I've actively sought it out as a gift for the next generation.
It tells the tale of a simple house built in the countryside, which watches the seasons passing by and the world growing up around it. I could feel the loss of innocence, as the little house is eventually consumed by and then lost within the big, anonymous city. I remember being lifted along with the little house, when it is eventually transported back into a new space in an undisturbed area of open countryside.
I reckon it's one of the timeless children's tales, whose simple power will still be resonating with the kids in your life when they eventually grow up.
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The resonant story of THE LITTLE HOUSE is also a story of mine (and those) who grew up to see the wonder of day and night, experience the changes of four seasons and as time passing by, witness the disappearance of green meadows and replacement of more houses and then towering skyscrapers all over us and finally the urge to return to a place simpler and closer to nature was answered and we settled down in countryside for the content with the little house and birds' song than the hectic pace with polluted air.

To convey this progression, Virginia Burton, the Caldecott Medal Winner, places the Little House on the center of each page, and through her lucid storytelling and amazing touch of drawings, enchant the readers with activities that constitutes each theme - sun rise, starry night, spring robin, summer swim, fall leaves, winter skating, then comes the paving of the road and the birth of the city - with apartments, train stations, subways, and commercial building gradually constructing on subsequent pages. The Little House in the darkest stage is almost invisible. But this pretty house that "was strong and well built will never be sold for gold or silver but live to see the great-great-granddaughter" of the builder who shall make her rescue discovery and bring her back to a new hill to unite with her old friends from nature. By accident (or not), I also stood in front of this Little House and could not believe it has been in print for more than 60 years because it is still shiny bright and her story a moving and enduring one.
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By S. on 24 Mar. 2013
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This was originally published seventy-one years ago and is a story about a house in the countryside which, over time, becomes a house in the city as a result of transport development etc. The artist's drawing style is attractive and colour is used effectively in the illustrations. I read it with three little boys (two of three-years-old and one six-year-old) and they all found it appealing with much to look at and discuss in the picures. This was more enjoyable to read with children than many of the more recent books I've seen. I'd not heard of Virginia Lee Burton before seeing this at a friend's house very recently (who had just bought it from Amazon), but would recommend her work and I will probably get some more of her books.
Delivery was astonishingly swift; it seems that, within moments of raising my fingers from the keyboard after making the purchase, the postman is at the door with it! Incredibly low price too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rose on 18 May 2013
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my son who is 3 really loves this book he never gets bored of it.
really nice story with plenty of pictures too.
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