Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she’s sad when she’s surrounded by the dirty, noisy city’s hustle and bustle:
“She missed the field of daisies
and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight.”
Fortunately, there’s a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic!
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