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Building Our House by Jonathan Bean

Building Our House

Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2013

Hardcover, 48 pages

ISBN: 978-0-3743-8023-6

Suggested reading age: 4+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: *****

Ever since I was 17, I have wanted to buy a rural block of land and build my own house, just like the family in this book.  Based on a true story, Building Our House tells the story of how the author's parents bought a block of land in the country and lived in a caravan while they built their house by hand.  Collecting rocks from a neighbour's yard, mixing concrete and cutting timber with hand tools,  it took them five years. The author says "...it's hard for me to think of a better place to have grown up."  And I have to agree.


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