1.30.2013

Building Our House


I had no idea that this book would literally teach me how to build a house. I now feel like I could go out and buy the right tools and materials to build a structure that would provide shelter for living creatures. "The right tools for the right job." Jonathan Bean tells a heartwarming story of how a family builds a home in the country from the ground up. Would it be considered copyright infringement if I use the blue prints illustrated in this book? I showed this book to a friend and we both agreed that our favorite spot is the "coat corner."  Our house could certainly use one of these.  The narrative is excellent and told through the eyes of the big sister. It is so captivating and clear that it stunned Fiona into silence through the whole reading. Normally I cant get through one page without five questions. This was truly a joy to read and is great for all ages.

9 comments:

Danzel @Silver Shoes and Rabbit Holes said...

Hi! This book sounds so great! I'm bummed, as it appears my library doesn't have it. I'm enjoying your blog!

emswell said...

Hi! Thank you :) I hope your library gets it soon, I bet it will!

Maura O'Brien said...

Oooh. Jackson would love this one. He wants to build his own house. I need to start a list of books to check out based on your blog!

emswell said...

Maura. If we disappear you can find us in an open field building a replica!

Erica MomandKiddo said...

I really like Bean's earlier book, At Night. I'd love to read this one, too. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

Sherril Frost said...

A children’s book about building your own house? It truly is quite something! ^.^ But I don’t think what’s in the book would literally apply on the actual building. If you plan on building a house, you should get a professional contractor. There’s what you call pre-fabricated house, which is made of strong materials and quite easy to install. You may want to try it. =D

Sherril Frost

Kevin Noel said...

The book sounds so promising, Emswell. I need to at least read it, if not have a copy. Its specific niche would appeal to every family wanting to build a home for sure - a construction how-to guide disguising as a children’s book. Very nice! I suppose the importance of working as a team is discussed here, which I believe would be the primary conduct that would make the essence of a home work. Did I hit anything right at all? :D

Elidia Wolford said...

Literally teach you how to build a house? Wow, really? I have no idea such could exist on what seems like a child's book. It sounds interesting! This would be great for kids so they'll have a little grasp on home construction.

-Elidia Wolford @ DaviesConstruction.com.au

Lara said...

I am finally getting around to telling you about how this book has gotten three generations of attention in our household recently. The last time we were at the library I finally got around to getting this book (several months after your post). At first we read through there was limited interest and I thought it would sit lonely in our library basket, but after several weeks (oops it might be overdue at this point) it is asked for two to three times a day. My in-laws visited over the last couple weekends and we all got into it. We have read the short bio about the author (who's parents actually built this house and it took them "every scrap of spare time and five years to complete") WOW!!! With each read we seem to discover something fascinating and interesting. We are at the point where we pause before turning each page to contemplate the time, materials, passion, endurance, learning, and know-how. Thank you for this find.