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Building Our House
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Published:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2013
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Kindle Book, OverDrive Read
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IL: LG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
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AD: Adult Directed 640L
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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.

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Street Date:
01/08/2013
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781466830073
ASIN:
B00ARIRQUW
Accelerated Reader:
LG
Level 3.8, 0.5 Points
Lexile code:
AD: Adult Directed
Lexile measure:
640
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APA Citation (style guide)

Jonathan Bean. (2013). Building Our House. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Jonathan Bean. 2013. Building Our House. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Jonathan Bean, Building Our House. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2013.

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Jonathan Bean. Building Our House. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2013. Web.

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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...

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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.

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      • content: 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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        November 19, 2012
        Not unlike Dan Yaccarino did in All the Way to America, Bean (At Night) turns family history into something larger, in this case a romantic portrait of the rewards of diligence, teamwork, and a DIY mentality. In a concluding note accompanied by family photos, Bean explains that the story is based on his family’s experience of building a farmhouse when he was a toddler. A sense of familial dedication and cohesiveness fills the pages, with narration coming from a character modeled after Bean’s older sister. The pale, matte illustrations are a flurry of activity (and filled with the sort of construction details that children adore), as the family equips a trailer to serve as temporary digs, buys lumber, builds a foundation, hosts a frame-raising party, and eventually turns to interior work. Bean’s pictures provide a supplementary visual narrative (Mom becomes pregnant, an infant appears), and the father offers suitably dadlike truisms like “The right tool for the right job” throughout. A warm look at the nuts and bolts of building a house and turning it into a home. Ages 3–6. Agent: Anna Webman, Curtis Brown.

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        Starred review from December 1, 2012
        Bean sets aside the urban setting of his Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, At Night (2007), in this homage to his back-to-the-land parents, who built his childhood home in the 1970s. Told from the perspective of Bean's older sister, the story revels in the practical work of house-building, demystifying the stages of construction in a matter-of-fact, engaging tone. The oversized, portrait format echoes the height of the house the family builds, but front endpapers first show a vast, rural landscape in the foreground of which lies the "weedy field Dad and Mom bought from a farmer." Frontmatter depicts them packing and leaving the city. Ensuing spreads detail how they live in a trailer on their new property while slowly building the house: setting the corners of the foundation; digging out the basement; gathering rocks and using them in the foundation; measuring, marking and cutting timber for the frame; and so on. The scene depicting a frame-raising party situates the little homesteading family in a loving community of relatives and friends who gather to help; then, right after they all move in, the family grows when both Mom and the pet cat have babies. Throughout, the watercolor-and-ink illustrations invite close examination for narrative details such as these while also providing ample visual information about construction. Raise the roof for this picture book. It's something special. (Picture book. 3-8)

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from February 1, 2013

        PreS-Gr 2-A year-and-a-half-long adventure of building a cozy home in the countryside involves an entire family of four. The oldest child describes the construction of the house, expertly shown in appealing soft-colored illustrations that vary in size from full spreads to small vignettes. Water and electricity are shown being connected to a temporary home in a trailer so the family can live on the property while the work is being done. Friends and family help out from time to time during the creation of the small timber-frame home, but the girl's parents perform the majority of work on their own (a third child arrives in the course of the story). Engaging pictures are reminiscent of Lisa Campbell Ernst's charming illustrations and are based on the building of the author/illustrator's childhood home. An author's note includes Bean's family photographs. Lovingly told, this captivating tale will help satisfy a child's curiosity of what it takes to create a building from scratch.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

        Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        January 1, 2013
        Grades K-3 An author's note reveals that this picture book is based on personal experience, as Bean's parents built their own house when he was a young child. Here we follow a mother, father, two children (and, eventually, a new baby) over the course of a year and a halfthrough a harsh winter and plenty of lumber pickupsall the way to move-in day at their new abode. Told from the point of view of the oldest child, a girl, the challenges and rewards involved in constructing from scratch become clear. The kids are not exempt from the do-it-yourself action, and they happily help fill the loud mixing machine. Bean (At Night, 2007) makes use of every inch of the tall trim size here, filling his pages to the brim with heavily lined illustrations of bustling people and activityoften as a series of four vignettes across a spread. What's heartwarming throughout is the depiction of a tight-knit family ( My family makes up a strong crew of four ). The author's concluding personal photos add to the loving feel.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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