The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton (1909 – 1968), was released in 1942.

Coloured engraving of a carriage pulled by two...

Coloured engraving of a carriage pulled by two horses. One of three colour engravings mounted together. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s story is as relevant today as then.

Imagine writing in 1942 about the development that was about to take place in this country.

Burton was prescient in writing this story about a little house out in the country that is soon overtaken by roads and city built all around it.

Until finally, the great-great-granddaughter of the man who built it, recognizes it as the the house her grandmother used to play in as a little girl, has it moved back out into the country and moves into it herself.

Burton’s story does more than tell of the development of a newly invigorated country, post-World War II, she tells about the passing of the seasons and the difference between city and country life.

Her sweet illustrations and rhythmical story lead the reader gently, almost unnoticed, through massive changes for the little house at its heart and our country indirectly.

The illustration in the frontispiece tells the story, with its drawing of a house with a horse-drawn carriage and bicycles passing by.

Bicycles give way to horseless carriages, cars and trucks.

And, if you watch the background, you will see houses spring up, then apartment buildings, then office buildings.

This book is a rich trove of changes to point out to the grandchildren in your lap.

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Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers


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