Building Our House

Bean, Jonathan

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Building Our House
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: 0374380236
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,32 cm.


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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
  • angelflyer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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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Jan 16, 2013
  • scrapknapp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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