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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978037438023648 Pages, Ages 3-6
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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.
NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Illinois Monarch K-3 Children's Choice AW ML, Charlotte Zolotow Award / Honor Book, NYTBR Notable Children's BOTY, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, ALA Notable Children's Books, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML
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