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Building Our House (2013)

by Jonathan Bean

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This book describes how a house is built, including plans and tools. The book describes how a family can build a house while they live in a temporary home and the different people that may help out. This book is appropriate for ages 3-5 years old, describing how a house is built and what is required from the family and the community. ( )
  Belinda80 | Feb 17, 2017 |
Picture-book author/artist Jonathan Bean, who made his debut with the 2007 At Night, here turns to his own family history to tell the story of how their home was built. Told from the perspective of Bean's older sister, the narrative here follows the Bean family as they move into a trailer home on the land they have recently purchased, and begin making preparations to build their dream house. From laying the foundation to raising the frame, it's a process that requires a lot of hard work, but plenty of love and community involvement too.

An engaging and informative book that works equally well as a family story and as an exploration of how a house is built, Building Our House is sure to have lots of appeal for children who enjoy looking at pictures of backhoes and trucks, as well as for those who simply wonder how structures are made. I enjoyed both story and artwork - as a cat lover, I particularly liked the way that the family cat shows up on every two-page spread! - and appreciated the inclusion of an afterward with photographs, documenting the 'real' story behind the story. Recommended to young children who enjoy learning how things are built, and to anyone looking for picture-books showing families living and working all together. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 13, 2017 |
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  britcrow | Aug 9, 2016 |
This engaging book was inspired by a true tale of the writers parents. They build there own house by themselves while they live in a trailer. Throughout they even have a baby that subtly arrives. ( )
  Lukemathison | Jul 22, 2016 |
"Building Our House" is based on the real life of experience of the author, Jonathan Bean, and relays the story of his family who built their own house. The book is from the perspective of his older sister, who describes how her parents bought an empty field and moved a small trailer onto the property for them to live in while the house was built. The story goes into terrific detail about bringing in sand and rocks from the quarry to help with the foundation, using lumber and a variety of tools (saws, drills, chisels, and mallets) to build the frame, and even how the insulation it put in to help keep them warm for the winter. By the end of the book, the Bean family has a beautiful house to live in!

This book goes into fantastic detail of what it takes to build a house with a small construction crew. Students learning about buildings and engineering could be fascinated by the steps and details laid out in this book, down to the drawings of the building plan of the house. Using this book (and others), students could map out the steps to building a house and create their own mini houses using materials such as toothpicks to create their own houses.

Bean, Jonathan. (2013). Building Our House. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux for Young Readers. ( )
  kerrydaimon | Oct 10, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374380236, Hardcover)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:37 -0400)

A young girl narrates her family's move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a trailer while they build a house from the ground up, with help from relatives and friends.

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