Building Our House by Jonathan Bean

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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.
 

About Jonathan Bean

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Jonathan Bean received an M.F.A. from New York’s School of Visual Arts and now lives and works in Pennsylvania. His first book, At Night, won a 2008 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and his latest book, Building Our House, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Jonathan is also the illustrator of two acclaimed picture books by Lauren Thompson, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked and One Starry Night. jonathanbean.com
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 48 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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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.

Dec 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Building Our House

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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.

Nov 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Building Our House

City Book Review

If you are moving into a new home or if your child is interested in how a house is built, Jonathan Bean has written a charming and interesting book about how a family home is built from the ground up.

Jan 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Building Our House

Shelf Awareness

Penguin Group is settling the e-book pricing suit brought by the Justice Department in April.

Dec 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Building Our House

Project MUSE

All but the most rabid adult DIY fans will shudder at the idea of building a house in their spare time, but children who follow the stages in this remarkable enterprise will think it’s a fabulous idea.

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The Horn Book

For example, when she observes that “bad weather slows our work but doesn’t stop it,” readers see Mom and Dad trudging through the snow with building supplies while the little girl and her smaller brother go sledding.

Jan 16 2013 | Read Full Review of Building Our House

PreS-Gr 2—Jonathan Bean's fictionalized memoir of his family building a house in the countryside is a fascinating tale of hard work and perseverance. The award-winning picture book (Farrar, 2013) translates well to the DVD format with Bean's clear, detailed illustrations taking on a three-dimensi...

Feb 01 2014 | Read Full Review of Building Our House

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