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Big World and the Little House

By (author) Ruth Krauss
Format: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States
Imprint: Joanna Cotler Books
Published: 31st Jan 1978
Dimensions: w 190mm h 250mm
Interest age: Under 6-8
Reading age: 6-8
ISBN-10: 0060233214
ISBN-13: 9780060233211
Barcode No: 9780060233211

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This is a book with a purpose - but not too emphatically that to lose out as a quite charming story of how a family brought a house back to life. At the start of the story- told in pictures by Marc Simont and expanded captions by Ruth Krauss - the little house is neglected, tumbledown, the prey of storm and loneliness. The pictures express this dismal quality. Then comes a family, three generations and pets as well- and the house begins to take on life, and at the end becomes a home rather than just a shell of a house - a part of its surroundings- and, through radio and television and telephone, a part of the world. It is this phase that doesn't quite come true to the adult reader, who realizes that the contribution is a receptive one, not a contributing one- and the family remains identified with the house rather than the world. But this doesn't much matter in a book which has its own story. (Kirkus Reviews)