Building Our House

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 atIn 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, this is Jonathan Bean s retelling of his own family s true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author s collection.
Building Our House 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 Da

  • Title: Building Our House
  • Author: Jonathan Bean
  • ISBN: 9780374380236
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Building Our House”

    1. Great book! Watch how a family picks up and moves to the country to build a house themselves while living on site. Very educational and it's based on a true story of a family who did this. Nice illustrations as well.4****

    2. The subject matter does nothing for me (other than, as an adult, stress me out a little) but I appreciated the charming details in the illustrations. Being told from a child's perspective, it seems like one big adventure and I could do with a little more of their pioneering spirit! The Author's Note is not to be missed - it's very touching.

    3. You know how kids can watch workers on a construction site long periods of time? Well, Jonathan Bean has written a book that should appeal to these construction site kids. Loosly based on the recollections of the house built by the author's parents when he was a child, the story takes the reader through building a house step by step through the eyes of the young girl who is going to live there. It is a house built from scratch, in the middle of a field. The family, Mom, Dad, big sister/narrator, [...]

    4. Long time ago, there had been a family which bought an old field to build the house there. They asked their family relatives for help. A lot of family members came to help, and they totally built this house by themselves. They built this house in different seasons, no matter what worst weather they had been through, the family members never gave up building their house.This is actually a true story happening in life. The author is the little boy there. The whole book uses a comic style to demons [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't help but notice the mother cat had kittens while the house was being built.

    6. I would call this informational biography. The story is drawn from Bean's life, although his narrator is the unnamed little girl. Heavy nostalgia permeates the entire telling, making building your own home with no other place to live seem like the most idyllic thing any family could do. It draws on a tradition of this theme that reaches out to the Little House books, Walden, and others. The cartoon outlines give the book a graphic novel feel, or Virginia Lee Burton. Bean controls the pacing by b [...]

    7. This unique children's book outlines the process of building a house. The family is intimately involved in every process, from the design to construction.House building is entirely foreign to me, a lifelong city dweller who comes from a family of not so handy people, so this story was fascinating in its depiction of construction from scratch.This would be an excellent book for young people interested in architecture and construction, or for those who want to know where their house came from.

    8. Technically this is a picture storybook, but I'm putting it on my nonfiction shelf because it has tons of interesting information. A kid describes each step as his family builds a house, from laying pipes to bring the water to digging out the basement and pouring the foundation to notching the lumber so the boards fit tightly. Love seeing both mom and dad working with tools.I'm not sure how many houses are built by family and friends in a frame-raising party, but the process of how to build a ho [...]

    9. A lovely mix of the practical details ("The concrete and rock will shape the foundation that will support the frame and make for a solid house.") true for all building projects, along with the lyrical ("One wall will face north to ward off the wind, one east to welcome the morning") that make this into one particular family's story. The Author's Note and family photos are not to be missed.

    10. I really like this book because this would also be my dream - to move to the country and build our own house. The illustrations are charming (check each page for the white cat)and detailed. I also love that it's based on the author's family and shows real photographs of his family during their home-building experience. My 5-year-old is really digging this book.

    11. Rereading this for Thom's picture book illustration class makes me love it even more. I love the large format of the book and small format of many of the sections of pages; the evolution of the house and the narrator, and the mother's pregnancy. What isn't to love about this brilliant, wonderful story?

    12. Wow.Loved this book!Maybe because my Dad's a carpenter?Maybe because it's the whole life cycle of building a house?Maybe it doesn't matter.I just love it!Haiku Review:My family arriveswith plans, and hands to do work.This will be our home.

    13. A girl recollects when her parents and their young family rented a camper and parks it on a newly-purchased lot and proceeded to build their new home from the foundation on up.This book was actually some kind of amazing. Based on the true story about a growing family who built their own house in its entirety, it condenses the half-decade journey into a picture book full of detail and color and personality. It makes me think it would be fun to do something like this but then as it keeps going I r [...]

    14. This book teaches children about the house building process. The illustrations told a story of their own. For example, the words throughout the book say nothing about the mother being pregnant but by looking at the pictures you can see how she goes from being pregnant to having a little baby by the time the house is finished and their house becomes a home. It is really such a sweet story! This book would be great for first-third grade classes especially if you were teaching about community! In t [...]

    15. Just moving recently I have read this book at least two times everyday this past week! It is perfect for ages 3 to 7. My kids were captivated by the pictures and the real life steps on how to make a house. It starts by picking a lot of land and living in a pop up trailer to having a warm house with windows and new baby in the new family home. This book was a great example of what it takes to build a house, and has real pictures of the Author building his own house when he was younger

    16. A wonderful book about a family building a house on a farm. Preschoolers learn the concepts of building in a fun and easy way. Very enjoyable story based on a true story. Very well done. It reminds me of my family house built in the woods by our family. Well written with beautiful illustrations. My 4 1/2 yr old loved it.

    17. Based on the summary, I expected something like the construction books I read as a kid, with precise details of how one would go about building a house by themselves. Instead, we get an accelerated timeline, glossed-over details, and not much in the way of characterization to grab onto.

    18. Such a unique story that takes kids through the steps of building a house. Showing how the family worked together, often with extended family. It also shows the family working in the evenings, weekends, while dad is at work and makes it quite clear that building a house is hard work!

    19. Based on the author's real-life experience during which his parents built a house from scratch out on a farm field, Building Our House is full of humor, love, and family bonding. A great picture book read-aloud.

    20. There is something in this book for readers of all ages! If you have ever thought about building your own house, or if you already have, you have got to read this book with your family!

    21. Making a house from scratch isn't an easy task, as this delightfully detailed picture book shows. A young girl narrates the process, starting on the day she and her parents and baby brother move from their old house in the city to the country. For the next year and a half the family pulls together to build their new home, living in a trailer set under a large oak tree in a big, weedy field.The text outlines the grueling work involved, while the illustrations highlight the adventures. One of the [...]

    22. Told through the eyes of a young girl, this picture book chronicles her family’s move from the city to the country. There in a bare field, they are going to build their own home. The family works for a year and a half on their house, living in a very cozy trailer while they complete enough of the house to live in it. Slowly the house takes shape from pegging out the corners to digging out the foundation to the incredible use of hand tools to work on the lumber for the frame. Through it all, th [...]

    23. Every page is different and has a purpose. Some pages or even two together illustrate one message, such as the first illustrating the leaving of the city and moving to the country. Other pages however have three or more different illustrations to depict different tasks when building a house. The text gives detail to whom the characters are, who is telling the story and the actions difficult to interpret from picture alone, such as the father planning the corners of the house off the location of [...]

    24. Review posted on granitemedia: granitemedia/2014/01/bA girl’s family leaves the city for a spot in the country, where they live in a small trailer while mom and dad build a timber frame house from scratch. The narrative and illustrations go step-by-step through the process of building the house, from setting the corners of the foundation by starlight, to framing, wiring, and finally moving in.This is a simple and enveloping narrative that is notable for showing young people almost everything t [...]

    25. ‘This is my Monarch Award 2016 Book.' Jonathan Bean tells his family’s story about building their dream house. The author shows the step-by-step construction process of making a house, including all the necessary tools, machines and workers. The book contains a strong art element, as the illustrations vividly portray Bean’s family working together including his pregnant mom and other family members. The book is suitable for 2nd or 3rd graders, as it contains good vocabulary terms about con [...]

    26. Reading Level: 2nd Grade This book is about the process of a family building their new house; the illustrations are able to give more to the story line than the content itself. The illustrations show the progress of the house, along with the growing population of the family. There is a cat incorporated in the story on every page and towards the end she has kittens, just as the mother, who gets pregnant and has a baby. Nowhere in the text did it mention the kittens or baby being born. This book e [...]

    27. Words and pictures work together to tell the story of how a family ("a strong crew of four") build their house. Based on the true story of how the author/illustrator's family did build their house . . . over a period of 5 years with very young children (amazing!)This is an excellent picture book in the true sense of words and pictures working together. The text is matter of fact, yet with touches of humor (as above) and even poetic moments:"One wall will face north to ward off the wind, one east [...]

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