Burton, V. L. (1942). The little house. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
I personally have never read this book before, that I can recall. However, I can totally relate to it. I didn’t know where the book was going to go in the beginning, I assumed it would just be about a kid growing old in the house, but that was not the case entirely. The book had several messages, some were ancient like to be careful what you wish for, and others are more current like how fast we change. I agree that we are losing our connection with nature when we live in a world today full of technology and touch screens. We are surrounded by city lights that obscure our view of the glorious night sky. We level forest and natural vegetation to build parking structures and gas stations. When reading this book to children I could get them engaged by bringing their personal life into the story, like with some of their experiences with nature and the city. I could have them start to notice open fields or construction zones. Perhaps even recall when a store was being built.
This picture book was actually a very touching book. The pictures told the story, I literally could have just looked at the pictures and understood what was going on. The illustrations were lines with some color and cross stitching. The text simply told the story but the pictures gave the details. It started off with the once upon a time opening sentence and had a happy ending as well. Definitely a classic!!
This is a great book for a read aloud as you can really get everyone to work on their visual literacy. I would read the book aloud without showing them any pictures and ask them what they envisioned and what they remembered about the plot. Then I would read the book again this time focusing on all the imagery and then ask what they remembered and if their envisions/predictions about the images were correct.
Objective: Students will be read the story and make predictions on the imagery.