How a House Is Built
How a House Is Built

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Annotation: Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house.
Genre: Engineering
Catalog Number: #141665
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 1990
Edition Date: 1990
Pages: 36
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-0841-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-76755-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-0841-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-76755-3
Dewey: 690
LCCN: 90055107
Dimensions: 21 X 26 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
A brief, heavily illustrated survey of the construction of a house, from an architect's plans to final landscaping. An accurate, precise, useful introduction which includes the work of surveyors, heavy equipment operators, plumbers, and carpenters of both sexes and many cultures. But some illustrations are awkward.
School Library Journal
As readers quickly comprehend, building a house is a complex project requiring the cooperative efforts of many people. With her usual skill, Gibbons makes the process easy to understand. Beginning with the architect who draws the plans, readers meet the surveyors, equipment operators, carpenters, plumbers, and other people who produce a building. The book concludes with a family moving in, ready to make the house a home. Although children in some parts of the country will not relate specifically to houses with basements or septic systems, How a House Is Built provides basic, general information without oversimplifying. The illustrations are typical of Gibbons' style: bright colors, clean lines, and captions where necessary to define unfamiliar terms. Women are well represented in many non-traditional roles but not much racial diversity is shown. An appended page encourages comparison of modern frame houses to simple houses of the past. Building a House (Greenwillow, 1981) by Byron Barton offers less detailed information for younger children. --Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Pub . Lib . , TX
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Word Count: 756
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 51284 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.1 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q05399
Lexile: AD570L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

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.

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