The Little House: Her Story
Virginia Lee Burton
Hardcover with CD, 40 pages; 2012 (1942)
This sweet book for children, here in its 70th Anniversary Edition, could well be subtitled, "The Urbanization of America." The farmhouse of the story-- built to last forever by the farmer who built her--wonders what it would be like to live in the city. Over the decades, the city expands and surrounds her; she's eventually overshadowed and dwarfed by skyscrapers and elevated tracks. No one cares about the house and she falls into disrepair. But don't despair: The great-great-granddaughter of the man who built the little house comes to her rescue. It's a charming and educational story--and even more relevant now than it was when it was written seventy years ago! The read-along audio CD includes another Virginia Lee Burton story, Maybelle, the Cable Car.