The house on Maple Street (#32117V7)

by Pryor, Bonnie; illustrated by Peck, Beth

5 reviews & awards | 1 full-text review

FollettBound Sewn HarperCollins, c1987, p1992
Price: USD 14.98
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 3.5
AR 3.8 LG .5 6368EN; RC 3.5 2; LEX AD650L


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During the course of three hundred years, many people have passed by or lived on the spot now occupied by a house numbered 107 Maple Street.

Product Details
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publication Date: September 18, 1992
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Tracings: Peck, Beth, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7587-4533-8 (originally 0-688-12031-8)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7587-4533-0 (originally 978-0-688-12031-3)
  • Follett Number: 32117V7
  • Catalog Number: 0688120318
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.5
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.8
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 6368EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: AD650L

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 09/01/96
  • Child Study Children's Book Committee, 1995
  • Elementary School Library Collection, 06/01/00
  • L.A. Recommended Foreign Language, 02/01/99
  • The Science Teacher (NSTA)

Full-Text Reviews
Kirkus Reviews (1987)
Who lived here in times past? Taking the site of what might be her own house in Ohio, Pryor imagines a 300-year succession of animals, Native Americans, white settlers and more recent inhabitants. A forest fire clears the way for buffalo; later, an arrowhead lost by one child is found by another, nested in a doll's teacup, and lost again to await a 20th-century child's discovery. Despite the title, this is more the history of a location than of a house, since the first house is replaced by a larger one, which in turn crumbles and is torn down; the present brick house seems to be only 40 years old, although no dates are given, and the reader, or helpful adult, will have to rely on pictorial clues and knowledge of history to place events appropriately. The richly hued, realistic illustrations contribute ample period detail to this picture book; vigorous and well-designed, they give a good sense of the sequence of history. The bits of story--the little gift who comes back to visit as a great-aunt, the modern children who wonder about the arrowhead--are authentic enough, but nothing organizes the whole into the kind of dynamic pattern that distinguished Button's The Little House. Still, an at tractive summary of change in the American past.

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