Rosemary Wells The House in the Mail

ISBN 13: 9780142400616

The House in the Mail

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In 1928, Emily's father brings home a book filled with pictures of houses made from kits, and she and her family can hardly decide which one to choose.  Finally, Emily will be able to have her very own room, instead of sharing with her little brother.  Detailed in scrapbook style, Rosemary and Tom Wells and Dan Andreasen have created a charming story with historical appeal that allows readers to follow the steps Emily and her family take as they design their new home.

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About the Author:

Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.

Tom Wells is the author of "The War Within: America's Battle with Vietnam," He lives in Boulder, CO.
Dan Andreasen has illustrated many well-loved books for children, including River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain and Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, both by William Anderson, as well as many titles in the Little House series. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

From Publishers Weekly:

Rosemary Wells and her late husband, an architect, charmingly detail the construction of a house built from a kit ordered from the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1928. Narrated by 12-year-old Emily and arranged to resemble a scrapbook, the volume exuberantly begins: "Hello, whoever you are out there in the world of the future!" Convincing if staid facsimiles of snapshots, advertisements, blueprints, objects in the new house and holiday mementos bolster the period particulars in the story, which speaks also to the strong bond among the members of Emily's family. Anecdotes and snatches of conversation flesh out the era. For example, when her younger brother wishes aloud that their parents had used the house money to buy a Ford truck instead, Emily points out the modern conveniences: "An electric refrigerator. No more drip pan for you to empty from under the icebox. And Ma won't make you carry twenty buckets of hot water for the laundry, because we're getting a new washing machine." From the selection of "the Lincoln" (a six-room "bungalow" selling for $2,500) to the hanging of 22 doors on brass hinges, Emily chronicles each step of the house-raising. Andreasen's (illustrator of Wells's Streets of Gold) art adheres to the scrapbook premise, sacrificing a more dynamic rhythm and palette to offer neatly compiled images in muted colors; the visual treatment is both faithful and skillful. Ages 6-10.

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