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Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
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Building Our House (2013)

by Jonathan Bean

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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.

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  Mischenko | Nov 30, 2017 |
This cozy picture book shows the year-and-a-half long construction process involved in building a house, from moving into a trailer to live until the house is done, picking out the site, consulting the blueprints, digging the basement, raising the frame, and working in all types of weather. Mom and Dad both work on the house while the children play and “help”. This is a realistic picture of how much work and planning it takes to construct a house. Illustrations are realistic, sweet and cozy and include lots of tools and machines. The final illustration is my favorite: a very tired family sitting on the couch reading to their children (and cat) on the first night in their new home. This book is based on the author’s experience of his parents building their house when he was a child.


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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
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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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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