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My Book House, Volumes 1-12 Hardcover – Box set, 1971

ISBN-13: 978-9990409451 ISBN-10: 9990409455
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Product Details

  • Series: The Book House Series (Book 12)
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The United Educators (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9990409455
  • ISBN-13: 978-9990409451
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.7 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 16.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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120 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Kunz on September 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I think I'm a fairly unimaginative and unemotional person -- being a middle-aged engineer -- but when I surfed through a book site and saw a photograph of the books that make up Miller's "My Book House", uncontrollable tears rolled down my face.
It's not just that they were the most important books of my childhood -- although they were. From ages five to about twelve there wasn't a day I can remember when I wasn't curled up with one or more of them. With each book geared for a particular age, I started with my parents reading Volume 1, and then, puzzling through the longer words, I was off on my first great reading adventure.
But there's more to "My Book House" than individual nostalgia. Written in the thirties, the books exemplify the shortcomings of America of that time: White Christian male role models, Western culture supreme, and even (sigh) "Little Black Sambo". It's a one-sided view of life: nothing from the Harlem Renaissance, no Judy Blume, no TS Eliot.
Yet "My Book House" exemplifies the America of that time whose children's books took values seriously, instructed in virtue without being preachy, and always kept a sense of optimism. And if you want to re-capture that sense of optimism and simple virtue (for yourself, kids, or grandkids), get a set of the twelve "My Book House" volumes, and start reading them to your babies. You won't ever regret it, and neither will they.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Dumb Ox on September 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This set of books was a part of my childhood, and instilled in me a love of reading that persists to this day. Our particualr set was from 1960 and contained only eight of the twelve volumes, but I managed to obtain an entire collection and they are now part of my children's life, too. Each volume begins at a grade level---One being the easiest to Twelve being suitable for high-school level reading. There are selections from some of the finest writers, such as Jonathan Swift, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Rudyard Kipling, as well as fairy tales and folk legends from all around the world, both East and West. The illustrations are gorgeous and some of the monsters quite scary, but there is nothing extremely gruesome or inappropriate for young readers. From the simple and charming nursery rhymes of the first volume to the more mentally and emotionally challenging material contained in the last volume, these books take their reader on a marvelous journey through worlds both real and imaginary. This is a delightful way to open up a child's mind to reading. (For those who find the "Little Black Sambo" story offensive---though he was an Eastern Indian, not African---the versions of "My Book House" published after 1971 do not contain this folk tale from India.)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SOffineer on February 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My mother has an original full set of these books that she got when she was a child from her mother. My siblings and I grew up reading these books. They are a wonderful part of our childhood and we read them to our children. They were, in large part, responsible for our advanced reading ability and love of books. I highly recommend this set if you can find it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Royce E. Buehler on May 31, 2001
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As an adult, I can look back and see how artfully Olive Miller designed this set of books, leading from nursery rhymes in the first volume to tantalizing summaries of the most bewitching grown up classics in the last. I can appreciate her eclectic choice of illustrations, too (with Dore doing service for Dante near the end.) As a child, from kindergarten through middle school, I only knew that I could spend hours with these volumes every weekend, and always find something fresh and exciting there. And that I would be left thirsty for more - pointed beyond the Book House itself to Pyle and Stevenson, to Dickens and Thackeray and Shakespeare.
It's a pity and a wonder that after serving American kids over half a century of publication, this cornucopia of pleasure and enlightenment ever went out of print.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dumb Ox on September 4, 2002
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This set of books was a part of my childhood, and instilled in me a love of reading that persists to this day. Our particular set was from 1960 and contained only eight of the twelve volumes, but I managed to obtain an entire collection and they are now part of my children's life, too. Each volume begins at a grade level---One being the easiest to Twelve being suitable for high-school level reading. There are selections from some of the finest writers, such as Jonathan Swift, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Rudyard Kipling, as well as fairy tales and folk legends from all around the world, both East and West. The illustrations are gorgeous and some of the monsters quite scary, but there is nothing extremely gruesome or inappropriate for young readers. From the simple and charming nursery rhymes of the first volume to the more mentally and emotionally challenging material contained in the last volume, these books take their reader on a marvelous journey through worlds both real and imaginary. This is a delightful way to open up a child's mind to reading. (For those who find the "Little Black Sambo" story offensive---though he was an Eastern Indian, not African---the versions of "My Book House" published after 1971 do not contain this folk tale from India.)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 29, 2010
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I learned to read with these books in the 1940s. The beautiful illustrations are still somehow more real to me than actual life. I learned to read very early and consider these 12 volumes the basic building blocks of my education. I was just surfing the web trying to see if I could find the two volumes that were lost over the years in our family of six. I am delighted to learn they are still available. I grew up to be a writer and an English professor and I cannot recommend these books highly enough. In fact, one of the things that instigated my marriage was that my then-boyfriend and I discovered we both grew up reading My Book House. Just an all-time gem.
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