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!!
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.