The Little House


Bibliographic Information: Burton, Virginia Lee. The Little House. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1942. Print.

Brief Annotation: This story is about a little house that watched the four seasons pass.  The house stays in the same location, but time passes.  Carriages became automatic, houses started to surround the house.  Slowly the city grew into subways, traffic, and endless noise. In the end, the house learns what made her happy after all.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-5

Readers who will like this: Readers who learning about the four season, learning about human evolution, or learning about growing population would find this book particularly interesting.

Rating/ Response: 4 – This book is detailed enough to explain how our earth, especially larger cities have changed over the years  It is cute and important in the ideas it brings to site.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think has evolved and changed in America over the years; particularly in cities.

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for Strategy: Students can bring together (synthesize) several concepts within this book.  They can comprehend that with every four season a year passes, that new technologies brings new changes on our land, and that often times people do not like their surroundings when they change.  In all change can be good or it can be bad.  They can also realize that our land has immensely changed over the years.

Posted by: Alexa Wachter


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