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In 1927 Emily's pa brings home a catalog that will change their lives forever. Inside are pictures of houses - wonderful houses that feature all the latest appliances, including an electric refrigerator, a gas stove, and indoor plumbing. But most exciting is that the house will arrive on a freight train, all ready to be assembled. Emily and her family just have to pick out the one they want. With an engaging text and beautiful detailed illustrations that suggest a family scrapbook, Rosemary and Tom Wells and Dan Andreasen bring to life events that are at once a fascinating piece of Americana and an intimate story of how one family turned an advertisement from a catalog into a home to call their very own.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 32 Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc. Publication Date: 2002 Dimensions: 8.00 X 10.50 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0670035459 ISBN-13: 9780670035458 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours. Ages: 6-10
Writing in a scrapbook in 1927, a young girl tells the fascinating story of her family's mail-order house arriving from Sears, Roebuck. Moving out of the little house they share with their grandparents, Emily and her brother, Homer, have a lot of changes in store for them: an electric refrigerator, electric lights, a washing machine, a gas stove, and running water indoors. Luminous illustrations show, in great detail, the process of clearing the land, building a foundation, and creating a house from a kit. Hand-written captions from Emily give the illustrations a cozy, personal feel, showing the reader just how exciting a house in the mail can be.