Have you ever wondered how a house is built? Well, there's a lot that goes into home construction. I ought to know because I have been married to a general contractor for many, many years. Also, we built our own lovely home! Our son is a cabinet maker and our best friend is a finished carpenter!
I loved this book, The House That Max Built by Maxwell Newhouse. It is a great picture book and full of information on building a house and all that goes into it.
Here's a short Amazon blurb:
- Reading level: Ages 4-8
- Hardcover: 24 pages
- Publisher: Tundra Books (April 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887767745
- ISBN-13: 978-0887767746
From School Library JournalPreSchool-Grade 2—When Max decides to build a house beside the lake, "he needs a lot of help." This simple introduction takes readers through the major steps of the construction, from the architect's drawings to the completed house. In one or two sentences per page, the present-tense narrative neatly applies the personal viewpoint of the homeowner to each construction phase. Max observes the various groups of specialists, often expressing the choices he makes along the way. Deciding between brick, siding, stone, or stucco for his frame covering, Max states, "It's brick for me" as the workers spread mortar. Warmly rendered folk-art-style oil paintings show the house coming together over time. Varied perspectives focus on the people as much as on the work they do, reinforcing the importance of teamwork and specialization. Max's small and inquisitive dog appears in most scenes, tracking mud on new tiles, investigating a newly installed tub, and even joining Max as he helps the crew make the roof frame. A closing list of "the people who helped Max and what they do" provides brief further details about some of the workers mentioned in the text, as well as others who are shown but not named. With strong visual appeal and just enough detail, this title makes a nice companion to Byron Barton's Building a House (1981) and Elisha Cooper's Building (1999, both HarperCollins), as well as nonfiction titles like Cheryl Willis Hudson's Construction Zone (Candlewick, 2006).—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
About the Book:
From drawing up the plans to excavating the site to laying the foundation, Maxwell Newhouse, who spent years working in construction, shows young readers step-by-step how a house is built.
In the back of the book, you will find a list of people who helped Max and what they do:
and so much more...
Are there any young readers out there who want to learn how to build a house from the ground up?
The House That Max Built
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis