While his award-winning picture book At Night was set in the city, author-illustrator Jonathan Bean's latest offering is pure country. A young girl's family lives in a trailer while they slowly build their new home from scratch. Bean, who based the story on events from his own childhood, offers readers a highly detailed account of the house-building process (from laying the foundation to hosting a frame-raising party) as well as a moving portrait of a family whose mutual work creates tight-knit bonds.

Picture books newsletter - April 2013

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