Building a House

Byron Barton


Building a House

Building a House

  • Title: Building a House
  • Author: Byron Barton
  • ISBN: 9780688093563
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback



Byron Barton, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books for very young children, including Trucks, My Bus, and My Car, builds a house, step by step, right before your eyes A machine digs a big hole A cement mixer pours cement Carpenters put up walls Bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, and painters do their part Through brilliantly simple words and pictures a hoByron Barton, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books for very young children, including Trucks, My Bus, and My Car, builds a house, step by step, right before your eyes A machine digs a big hole A cement mixer pours cement Carpenters put up walls Bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, and painters do their part Through brilliantly simple words and pictures a house is built You can almost do it yourself by carefully noting the steps depicted in each bright, brisk, clearly delineated picture With independently interesting pictures and a definite, sunny personality, a very fine piece of work indeed Kirkus ReviewsNamed a Notable Book for Children by the American Library AssociationSupports the Common Core State Standards


Recent Comments "Building a House"

Building a House by Byron Barton is a basic, step-by-step look at the construction of a family home. Starting with a green hill and ending with a family moving into the completed home, Barton shows the whole process. Diggers, cement mixers & a foundation, bricklayers, carpenters, floors, walls, roofs, fireplace and chimney, plumbers putting in pipes, electricians wiring lights, windows and doors, and painters are shown as the house is built.The text is clear and moves along step by step. Voc [...]

Byron Barton's deceptively simple cartoon-like drawings and streamlined text may seem unimpressive at first glance. But this author has a distinctive gift for distilling essential components of any event or theme into a page-turningly smooth story that the youngest child can follow. In this volume, he describes and illustrates the step-by-step construction of a family home, beginning with "a green hill" with land surveyors pictured, and ending with a family moving into the home. It's an excellen [...]

The trucks were extremely popular in the beginning, but the book was a bit long for lap time.

I am learning that Byron Barton is a great author to go to for preK-1, when you want the frame of a story, coupled with vocabulary building and background knowledge building, or assessing connections. He is also a great author to go to when you want to illustrations that may be close to the outlines provided by students. In this story, Byron Barton shows us the process of building a house, on a green hill. Had I read it earlier, this would have been a great add to my kindergarten lessons on comm [...]

Just used in a room full of kids with little English skills. We discussed the parts of a house and then they built their own using Citi Blocks. The simple vocabulary and illustrations were great.

Very simple construction book. Not a story.

This book is great for a young boy, maybe age 2 or 3. The illustrations are not very detailed but are bright in color which are attractive to the little kids/ There are only about 4 or 5 words on eat page and this will allow the children to not get bored quickly. This book is about builders building a house. On each page it is a different step that builders need to accomplish. For example they first find a spot, then use the machine to dig a hole, use hammers and saws, and etc This can be quite [...]

Fabulous introduction to the steps necessary for building a house. Appropriate for ages 2+. (At least my 24-mo-old benefited from it.) Great way to teach vocabulary, occupations, and sequencing.I used this as a basic introduction to building for my almost four-year-old and followed it up with a book containing photographs and greater details (Building a House, by Ken Robbins, really written for much older reader, but I wanted photographs for portraying reality). I recommend pairing this book wit [...]

Outlines the steps of building a house without getting too complicated. The text is very simple, leaving a lot of room for describing what's happening in the pictures, if desired. Some other reviewers have mentioned that they have used this book in a kindergarten or pre-k setting and have added an activity or visual project along with it. Others pointed out that there are geometric shapes throughout. You could use this to talk about the different kinds of jobs that people do, or something simila [...]

Building a House describes the process of building a house using easily understandable descriptions and simple, colorful illustrations. Starting with a green hill and ending with a family moving into the house, each step of the process is described along the way. This book does a good job of showing how something is created from start to finish and how each person involved has their own important part to play, there are a lot of options for adding extra discussion as well. Toddlers especially in [...]

This is an overly simplistic book about how a house is built - even considering a preschool audience. It bugs me that there's no mention of time; it makes it seem like the house can be built in a day. Still, the illustrations are crisp and clear, and facing white pages with bold text make it good for early readers.

Read at Baby/Toddler Story Time on 2/22/11: storytimesecrets/Read during a Pre-K class visit on 6/9/11: storytimesecrets/Read at drop-in story time on 4/30/13: storytimesecrets/

Each open page has a simple sentence and illustration which takes the reader through the process of building a house. Excellent informational book for children to learn about how a house is built.Age: 2+Skill: Narrative Skills (This book is well suited for narrative retelling of the sequence of events that occur to build a house.)

Step by step a house is built. I liked seeing how each person added something essential to the house. The illustrations do a great job of detailing all the steps in the process. A great read aloud for construction enthusiasts PreK-2.

Just checked this book out for a 2nd, maybe 3rd time. One of Barton's earlier works and it shows his original drawing style--a bit more detailed but still the solid bold colors. This time we checked it out from the Marcy branch library.

This is a short story abotu the process of building a big house. It has great illustrations, and It has alot of 1st grade site/spelling words, so it's good for them to practice reading them.

Margaret is in love with this book. Very quick read, great for reading to a toddler on the potty.

Love Barton. Just the perfect amount of info, spread out in easy chunks. William enjoys it.

Good choice of book for teaching building, construction and engineering!

Art II and Art III classes were very captivated by this book at Gymboree :)

Read for Early Headstart on 9.19.2013

This book is appropriate for pre-k. It has very few words. I used it in my pre-k placement. The students "built a house" using a large prop as I read the story.

Nonfiction for storytime. Byron Bartons clear, spare text & illustrations are great!

I'll be using this for a kindergarten unit on houses and homes. I likeBarton's books; they look simple but pack a lot of content. My two year old didn't ask for this one again, though.

Another great Byron Barton book that my nephew loved. Faboulous pictures, and very entertaining for a little one.

Construction Storytime!

We are adding new vocabulary to the simple process Barton describes. Words like "roof," "compressor," and "backhoe loader" are easy to learn when we are looking at and listening to the real thing.

One liner text on a page next to the bold and colorful pictures Briefly describes the steps in building a house.

Everyone Needs a Home unit

A very basic understanding of how a house is built. My 3 1/2 year old now "reads" this one to me.


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