Building Our House  -     By: Jonathan Bean
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Building Our House

Farrar Straus Giroux / 2013 / Hardcover

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Building Our House by Jonathan Bean is based off of his childhood and family. Written from the point of view of his older sister, this story goes through a year and a half in the life of a family who move from a city to an open field where they live in a small trailer and build their own homestead, from the ground up! Perfect for kids who love tools, trucks, and construction sites, this wonderfully illustrated book offers a unique look at how a home can be built. Includes an afterword from the author with his own family photographs.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 12.20 X 9.30 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0374380236
ISBN-13: 9780374380236

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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities!

As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, Building Our House is Jonathan Bean's retelling of his own family's true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author's collection.

Author Bio

JONATHAN BEAN received an M.F.A. from New York's School of Visual Arts and now lives and works in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His first book, At Night, won the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and he is also the illustrator of two acclaimed picture books by Lauren Thompson, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked and One Starry Night. Jonathan's parents still live in the house the family built, outside of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.

Editorial Reviews

Children ages 3-10 who already like tools and diggers aren't the only ones who will respond to the warmth and optimism in these clear, detailed, gently color-washed pages.
Shot through with pioneer spirit . . . Bean's terrific illustrations show a loving family, living in a mobile home as they gather lumber and pour concrete . . . Children will enjoy the comforting solidity of shoring up foundations and sawing strong boards.
* Raise the roof for this picture book. It's something special.
* Lovingly told, this captivating tale will help satisfy a child's curiosity of what it takes to create a building from scratch.
* Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting.
A warm look at the nuts and bolts of building a house and turning it into a home.
Wonderfully detailed, often humorous.
What's heartwarming throughout is the depiction of a tight-knit family ('My family makes up a strong crew of four').

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