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Title:
How a house is built
Author:
Gibbons, Gail.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 51284.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 05399 Guided reading level: M.
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780823408412
Format :
Book

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Houses are built with many different materials, and in many shapes and sizes.

Step by step, this picture book explains how homes are built--from the architect's plans through the arrival of a happy family. The many processes of construction are explained with simple language and bright, clear illustrations, perfect for kids starting to wonder about how the world around them works.

Many different careers--including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and landscapers--are introduced, each doing their part to bring the picture wood-frame house to life. A great read for kids who love construction sites, or who can't get enough of Building a House by Byron Barton.

According to The Washington Post , Gail Gibbons "has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." Ms. Gibbons is the author of more than 100 books for young readers, including the bestselling titles From Seed to Plant and Monarch Butterfly . Her many honors include the Washington Post/Childrens Book Fuild Nonfiction Award and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Award.


Author Notes

Gail Gibbons was born in 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois. She received a degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois. She got a job doing artwork for television shows in New York City. She was eventually offered a job creating art for a children's show, where some of the children asked her if she had ever considered doing a children's books. Her first book, Willy and His Wheel Wagon, was published in 1975. Since then she has written and illustrated more than 170 non-fiction books for children including Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. With her customary bright illustrations, Gibbons gives a fine introduction to the construction of a wood-frame house. After explaining the jobs of architect and general contractor, she pictures all the other specialists, from surveyor to landscaper. Succeeding pages show each of these workers in action, their labors described in clear, succinct captions. Construction machines and materials as well as parts of the house are identified, and each stage of construction logically follows the others. Workers are drawn in both sexes and several skin tones. Other forms of human shelter are briefly presented at the book's beginning and end. ~--Leone McDermott


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This informative production of Gail Gibbons's picture book provides simple, straightforward content about how a wood-frame house is built. It showcases several different kinds of homes, including those constructed from logs, stone, brick, glass, and cement blocks. Narrator Jon Bennett walks viewers through the process of building a wood-frame dwelling. Viewers see the architect drawing plans and all the different people the general contractor hires, including surveyors, carpenters, plumbers, masons, electricians, painters, and landscapers. As the story progresses, the workers each complete their specific tasks, and by the end, the house is finished in time for a young family to move in. One of the tale's strengths is that the illustrations feature both men and women working side by side at the construction site. Gibbons's vibrant watercolor illustrations include labels, so viewers learn key construction vocabulary: "form," "footing," "sill," "joist," "header," and "rafter." The narration is also complemented by upbeat background music and rumbling heavy equipment and pounding hammers. VERDICT For elementary collections looking to add new nonfiction. It would also be a valuable addition to boost STEM offerings for its focus on engineering and building.-Anne Bozievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.