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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823412326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823412327
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

As readers quickly comprehend, building a house is a complex project requiring the cooperative efforts of many people. With her usual skill, Gibbons makes the process easy to understand. Beginning with the architect who draws the plans, readers meet the surveyors, equipment operators, carpenters, plumbers, and other people who produce a building. The book concludes with a family moving in, ready to make the house a home. Although children in some parts of the country will not relate specifically to houses with basements or septic systems, How a House Is Built provides basic, general information without oversimplifying. The illustrations are typical of Gibbons' style: bright colors, clean lines, and captions where necessary to define unfamiliar terms. Women are well represented in many non-traditional roles but not much racial diversity is shown. An appended page encourages comparison of modern frame houses to simple houses of the past. Building a House (Greenwillow, 1981) by Byron Barton offers less detailed information for younger children. --Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Pub . Lib . , TX
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post", "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is gailgibbons.com

More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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I would highly recommend it if you have young children!
kimbeach@cinci.infi.net
Gail Gibbons provides a succinct step-by-step discussion of the process of house building without oversimplified or complicated information.
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This book was read to a child that loves to biuld homes and wants to one day and this book was a joy to the child.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kimbeach@cinci.infi.net on June 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
We bought this book because we wanted our children to know what to expect while we were building our first home. It was a great step by step guide of the building process with very colorful pictures. I would highly recommend it if you have young children!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Browyn Brough on April 30, 2003
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This is a simple book, perhaps to simple for my 11 and 13 year old. However it's also a one of a kind. We are building a house this year, our first and the boys really wanted to know what was going on without me turning it into another school lesson. This book does just that each frame (simular to comic book style but larger) is one process of the home as is goes up. It is to the point and doesn't waste paper getting through the steps. Simple but effective. Any child wanting to understand "what's next" but not wanting an engineering lesson would appreciate this book. I do think even a 4 year old, that has it read to them could understand it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James S. Kinkead on January 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Our family refered to this book constantly as our own house was built. The book is filled with information for children. Plus, I admit it, there are some construction terms that I learned myself. This is a typical Gail Gibbons non-fiction, filled with relevant information combined with clear, easy-to-understand pictures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori A. Halliburton on July 4, 2011
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Bought this for my grandson who is two. He loves going to the basement and telling me where the duct work is and the water heater is, so I wanted to get him a book to show him about houses. It was a bit too much for him, but I think about 3 or 4 year olds would love this, if they are curious.
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Lucas is 4 and loves Construction related kids shows and even watches HGTV shows to see how things are built....great book....step by step.
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This book makes a great gift for a child whose family is building a house. It goes step-by-step through the process, explaining what each worker does. The illustrations are simple but illustrative.
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By busy life on June 13, 2013
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My class enjoyed reading this book together and since we were talking about homes, the children remembered the various tools used in the construction of a home when they visited a construction site where a home was being renovated.
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