Literacy Device: Personification. A little house stood way out in the country until the city gradually moved closer and closer. Takes a look at the changing seasons and how industrialism has changed the landscape. The little house is personified through the use of human senses and the expression of human emotions.
This book surprised me by how much is going on in the story! On a personal note it reminded me of the time when we were living in Queensbury, NY and my husband complained about the growth that had been taking place in the area. He threatened that if the town added one more traffic light on Quaker Road, we would be moving to Olmstedville! Well, it actually took a few more traffic lights before we eventually moved to Lake Luzerne.
Besides teaching the use of personification in writing, what a great story for also discussing the effects of industrialism and man's effect on his environment.
I really enjoyed the "depth" of this story.