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The Little House

Author: Virginia Lee Burton
Illustrations by Virginia Lee Burton
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Paperback
Ages: 4-8
Caldecott Award Winner (1943)

This wonderful classic is a must for every child's library! The rosy-pink Little House, on a hill surrounded by apple trees, watches the days go, by from the first apple blossoms in the spring through the winter snows. Always faintly aware of the city's distant lights, she starts to notice the city encroaching on her bucolic existence. First a road appears, which brings horseless carriages and then trucks and steamrollers. Before long, more roads, bigger homes, apartment buildings, stores, and garages surround the Little House. Her family moves out and she finds herself alone in the middle of the city, where the artificial lights are so bright that the Little House can no longer see the sun or the moon. She often dreams of "the field of daisies and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight." Children will be saddened to see the lonely, claustrophobic, dilapidated house, but when a woman recognizes her and whisks her back to the country where she belongs, they will rejoice.

Don't miss Virginia Lee Burton's other beautiful picturebooks: Katy and the Big Snow and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.


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