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The Little Houseby Virginia Lee Burton
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The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer.
"This engaging picture book clearly presents a wealth of information." Booklist
This inventive picture book relays the events of two hundred years from the unique perspective of a magnificent oak tree, showing how much the world can transform from a single vantage point. From 1775 to the present day, this fascinating framing device lets readers watch as human and animal populations shift and the landscape transitions from country to city. Methods of transportation, communication and energy use progress rapidly while other things hardly seem to change at all.
This engaging, eye-opening window into history is perfect for budding historians and nature enthusiasts alike, and the time-lapse quality of the detail-packed illustrations will draw readers in as they pore over each spread to spot the changes that come with each new era. A fact-filled poster is included to add to the fun.
Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so shes sad when shes surrounded by the dirty, noisy citys hustle and bustle: “She missed the field of daisies / and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight.” Fortunately, theres a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic!
About the Author
Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children.
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