Illustrations really tell story of The Little House

January 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton; published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston; 1942.

Primitive images of life in front of the little house introduce the story on the end pages.  Burton’s imaginative use of images (like the faces of the sun during different parts of the day as it rises and sets over the little house or the seasons changing in the margin around the little house) and unusual placement of text to correspond with the story and images explain why this book won the Caldecott Award.  The sweet story is told in both words and images.

I might use an abridged version of this for storytelling and then recommend the book.  It should also be included in a display of Caldecott books because it is a striking example of illustrations telling the story.

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