The House on Maple Street

Bonnie Pryor, Author, Beth Peck, Illustrator, Beth Peck, Photographer William Morrow & Company $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-06380-1
Where the house on Maple Street stands now, there was a forest 300 years ago. This simple summary of how civilization came to one backyard traces back through the years: an Indian child loses an arrowhead, a pioneer child loses a china cup and both turn up in today's garden. The difficult task of giving a fiction-like drive to this long impersonal sweep isn't quite managed in the text. But the book's greatest assets are in the dark-toned but lively panoramas of wilderness becoming settlement, and then an everytown ""Maple Street.'' As a preface to what children will find in the earliest school books on the American past, the book may help waken a historical sense, and Peck's rich colorings and details have strong visual appeal. Ages 5-8. (March)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1987
Release date: 04/01/1987
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7807-2368-9
Hardcover - 28 pages - 978-0-688-06381-8
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-8335-9549-2
Prebound-Other - 1 pages - 978-0-606-01360-4
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-688-12031-3
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