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We Were Tired of Living in a House Hardcover – 1969


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Coward McCann; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000TX7BWS
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bought this book because it was one of my favorite books to read as a child.
gin gin
Expose yourself and loved ones to such delightful creative writing and beautiful illustrations!
Bright Angel
They always think of new places they would like to try living after they read this book.
M. Bowers

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Antiquarian on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Stick to the older version of this book. I wish who ever thinks it is okay to republishing books with inferior illustration would just STOP! Just because it's for children doesn't mean the pictures should be rendered so crudely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Neff on September 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I bought with my own money, at a library sale one summer afternoon.

Skorpen weaves a poetic tale of a group of siblings as they explore more exciting places to live than a house. They live in a tree, on a beach, in a cave and so on, gathering momentos of each place before something happens to make them move on. In the end, they find that a house is a good place for children. On the way, Skorpen's well-crafted words sing and Burn's beautiful two-tone drawings make this book a memorable place for children. It is a book that is "...a particular friend." The later editions replace Burn's art with cartoonish color-mad images that cutsie up the whole thing and ruin the oetic impact. Go with the 1969 version, it is endlessly more beautiful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on April 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations in the original book from the 60s were stunning. The publisher RUINED this by updating the illustration. What were they thinking? If you can get your hands on the first version you should purchase it instead. It is a lovely book with beautiful "charcoal pencil" type illustrations.

Mandy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Purdy on August 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a child I would read this wonderful book and let my imagination carry me away. I loved the ideas of not living in a house and filling my bags with treasures. "We Were Tired of Living in a House" inspired most of my backyard adventures, especially the ones in my treehouse. This book delights me still and I am thrilled to find it back in print. I have looked for it for years, hoping that someday my own children would read this book and feel its magic. My old copy's spine broke and the pages fell out because I read it so much as a child. It spent the past 10 years in storage because of its delicate condition but I missed its simple and beautiful message. When I moved recently, I decided that no matter what shape it was in, it was meant to be savored. I love it so much that I read it to my husband twice last week! I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for the reprint of such a treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was one of my favorites as a child. I am glad to see that it is still in print. We just moved into a HOUSE when our twins came along. And we brought along a frog, "who is a particular friend" although this one is plastic and guards our front door. So I'm purchasing this book to see the new illustrations, although the original illustrations were favorites of mine. Thankfully I still have my childhood copy as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Mc on January 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had to order this book because the book I had read to my kids as they were growing up was my brothers copy. He hadn't needed it until recently when he got married at 49 and became an instant grandfather. I reluctantly gave it to him on his 50th birthday. I couldn't bare to not have it for my grandchildren as it was my children's favorite, so I spent the extra money to acquire a copy. I love the illustrations and poetry- it is the only version I would buy- I couldn't believe how they had destroyed its' beauty with the newer publication. It is a classic not to be messed with- like the old movies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Bowers on October 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Why don't the publishers ever republish some of these great old books? This one is so fun to read to my kids. They always think of new places they would like to try living after they read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kat on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While cleaning out my mom's closet, I came across this book that belonged to my sister. My 4 siblings and I LOVED this book as a children. I reluctantly sent it to my sister because she has young children ages 5 and 7 and I knew they would enjoy it. However, I teach 4 year olds and I knew I could use this book and relate it to all the themes we do in class: the pond, the forest, the beach, family etc. Luckily I found it online. It is one of my all time favorite purchases!
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