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William's House Library Binding – April 1, 2001

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Gr 2-4-Leaving England in 1637 with his wife, two sons, and a dog, William intends to build a house just like his father's. Good intentions fall aside as the man discovers that the environment in the New World is different and requires new ways of thinking. When summer brings heat, he must dig a cellar to store food or it will rot. The dry autumn forces William to replace the thatch on his roof with shingles that won't catch on fire from chimney sparks. During winter's low temperatures, he finds that he needs a larger fireplace and must pitch the roof at a steeper angle so that it won't collapse under heavy snow. Lessons learned keep the family alive and healthy. Double-page spreads include detailed watercolor paintings on one side and readable text on the other. Each text page also includes a delightful, small pen-and-ink drawing of the boys (and dog) playing, building a lean-to, fishing, watching wild geese, and enjoying the snow. As the narrative tells of the building and rebuilding of the house, the illustrations relate another complementary story. Careful observation of the accurate paintings lends perspective and information on daily life and items from clothing and tools to furniture and children's play. This unusual picture book works on several levels, making it worthy for both recreational reading and as an introduction to the period.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA

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Ages 5-8. Howard combines social history and a moral on adapting to change in this story of how one early settler's dream of re-creating the house he left behind in England is blasted to bits by the harsh realities of life in the colonies. It's 1637 and William and his family have just arrived in New England. They set about building a thatched-roof cottage like the one they left behind. They are pleased with their new home, but as the seasons change the house must change: the hot New England summer calls for a cellar; the drier climate means cedar shingles on the roof; the snowier, colder winter demands a bigger fireplace. The changes are explained in a way youngsters will easily understand: with each climate change, William's wife exclaims: "Something must be done," and the family solves the problem. Day's engaging watercolors show details of house building and of colonial family life, as clever, black-and-white insets on text pages follow the adventures of William's two sons. A book that is as engaging as it is informative. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761316744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761316749
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna Ziegler on December 1, 2001
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I loved the book! As an adult, I enjoyed the story. It was a great portrayal of early life in New England and the underlying theme of change was well done. I envision the book as a great story to be read to young children as well as a wonderful book for a school age child to read. What a great holiday gift this will be!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla A. Herrington on January 17, 2013
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William arrives in Massachusetts in the seventeenth century with his family. He must first build a house and he knows how to do it - just like his father's house back in England. He proceeds, but must make various modifications along the way to compensate for the harsher climate as well as using available materials. When his cousins arrive later and see his completed house, they don't think he has built an English house at all - but William and his family have a fine American home. The book is beautifully illustrated and provides a sense of how New England's early settlers lived. Not only did they have to build their houses, but they had to make their furniture if they couldn't afford to have it shipped to them.
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A beautiful and simple story of William, who wanted to build a house in the New World like the one he grew up in in England. At first he makes a great English house but as the differences between England and America become apparent (warmer, windier, more snow...) he had to make changes to the house to fit the climate. In the end a cousin from England arrives and asks 'What kind of a house is this?' All is well as you see in the last drawing that the cousin is building a 'New World house' next to William's.

Side images in pen and ink show sweet images of William's two children as they are exploring their new environment.

My sons are 9yo and while this book is probably written for children younger, it still has value for them as we discussed the changes William made to his house and why.
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