• Book

The little house

by Burton, Virginia Lee, 1909-1968.

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Where To Find It

Call number: E BUR, R Caldecott Medal 1943

Available Copies: Pittsfield Youth PicBks

Additional Details

Youth level.

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

Community Reviews

Great book

This book was awesome, I really enjoy Virginia's books. She has a way of capturing her audience. In this book my boys felt sympathy for the house and concern for it's happiness. We were all very happy at the end of this book.

still relevant

I love the illustrations in this book! The story captures the tension between urban growth and preservation- it's amazing how she boils down this sort of complicated theme into something that is accessible for children. A great, classic book!!

Very sweet

Sweet story with cute illustrations. My boys love it.

A little old but classic!

Both grown ups and children will love this book. It is a story of a cute little country house. How she is happy surrounded by fields of daisies and apple trees. Then the city grows around her and she is left in the shadows of tall buildings. Uncared for with broken windows and doors. Oh! How she misses her beautiful country side. Will she ever get repaired? Will she ever get to go back? Hint: The ending is happy. I learned it is important for little ones to know that when you are reading to them. Since the book was written in 1943, the pictures in the book depict buildings and vehicles of that era. Some words are no longer in current usage but this story never gets old. Beautifully written. Simple illustration. The 'emotions' of the house are shown by the way the doors and the windows are drawn. Very nice art work. Recommend it.

Could have been written this year

The drawings of cars are old fashioned, we don't really discuss tenements anymore, but other than that this story of the transition from rural to urban could have been written yesterday.

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