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Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art

The Little House

Winner of the 1943 Caldecott Medal

A gem of a book, The Little House has delighted readers for more than sixty years and is an enchanting classic of American children's literature. Seasons pass and the Little House on the hill watches the first robins return from the south, the daisies cover the hills, the first frost turn the leaves yellow, and the children coasting and skating on the snow. Slowly, the city lights in the distance grow closer and brighter, the children move away, and the Little House finds herself surrounded by gasoline stations, apartment houses, schools, and stores. She finds herself yearning for the "fields of daisies" and the "apple tree dancing in the moonlight." No one wanted to live in her and take care of her until, one day, the granddaughter of the original owner happened upon the Little House and returned her to her the hill in the country where she can watch the seasons pass and the stars twinkle above her roof.

Praise for The Little House

"Once upon a time there was a Little House way out in the country. She was a pretty Little House and she was strong and well built." — from The Little House

"In The Little House Virginia Lee Burton, with lively imagination and genuine power, has made an original and charming picture book . . . There is something fortifying for [children] in the lasting qualities of The Little House and the sturdy round of the turning year." — Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review

"This engaging picture book cleverly presents a wealth of information — the changing seasons in the country, the advancement in architecture and transportation, growth in population, and the accelerating tempo of city life." — Booklist

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