The six houses featured in this book are:
The Post and Beam House
The Tree House
The Factory-built House
The Junkyard House
The Glass House
The Wood Frame House
It caught my eye when a patron asked for books about c-sections (which I failed to understand was a type of house plan and took them promptly over to the women’s health section). Once I realized they were talking about house plans and we got to the right area, this little number was just sitting there calling to me. Houses that children can build by themselves?? Really?
There might be some enterprising kids out there that are pretty handy with tools, but the instructions in this book are akin to putting together a dresser from Ikea. Most adults would have trouble, but there they are on the cover, raising a roof!
My favorite is the kid with his head sticking out the soon-to-be window, with a saw aimed at his face. There are no safety glasses being worn in any of the pictures and no gloves while digging through the vat of rust and splinters for The Junkyard House materials.
The pictures are all black and white and the outfits and tools are straight out of 1977. Points for showing both girls and boys, though.
Cute idea, but desperate for an update.
Submitter: I found this while weeding the Parent/Teacher collection in my medium-sized public library. This was a topical acquisition about 35 years ago when it was first published, but it’s never circulated as far back as we keep circulation records. Maybe someone will come looking for it in the current political climate, but if they do, I’m sure there’s got to be something out there that doesn’t predate the modern internet.
Holly: I’m sure more parents have had discussions with children about nuclear war in 2017 than in the last 30 years combined! Still, submitter is right. This might have a few useful tips, but we can probably do better for our kids.
Submitter: So groovy it’s amazing! I think [first image below] is my absolute fave!! Came in with large donation of women’s needlework, craft periodicals and books.
Holly: This might be useful at some sort of fashion-related archive, or it might sell at a book sale aimed at “nostalgia.” It is super groovy, as Submitter indicates, so someone will likely want it. That someone is just not a circulating collection. But gosh, thanks for the donation.
(This ended up in a rare book room at a university, which is a reasonable place for it.)
Mary: This looks like a casting call for a Jacqueline Susann movie adaptation.