The House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams
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This is an excellent picture book, the picture book portion book fine as a read aloud picture book for 4 to 8 year olds, and the last portion, with photos and much more text, appropriate for independent ...more
Illustrations: 4 stars
Picture book biography of Jane Addams. Focuses on her work building America's first settlement house. Watercolor illustrations depict the historical time period. An author's note in the back of the book provides more information and some photos of Jane. Bibliography included.
Twin Text: Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea by Lynne Cox
This book is about an elephant seal who swam in the street shallow waters of Avon River where it flowed through the heart of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Most sea elephants lived in salt water but not this one. The people of the town believed she was special. "She was strong and powerful and regal-like Elizabeth, the Queen of England." So they named the elephant seal after her. Naming her ...more
Jane Addams is my new hero! This book taught me so much about a woman who's name I had heard of, but knew nothing about. Jane Addams was a well-off woman who created the first 'community center' by acquiring a large home in Chicago and living a radical life of generosity and trust. With this, she was able to create a place where children and families in need could thrive. She, and those who helped her, paved the way for centers such as these that give children a way to learn and a ...more
I had never heard of Jane Addams before, but I'm going to have to look up more about her as this was a cool story that obviously only scratched the surface! Though not a life path that every reader can take, still a neat way to see how somebody had an idea, researched and got more information, built on it and helped change the lives of those in need.
No content issues, though a family death is part of Jane's struggle and a burglary...more
I also read this with my 5yo and while it was a good read with beautiful illustrations, the message wasn't quite as clear for her. It was a good reminder for me to pick up some picture books for the older kids still, when we are moving on to longer books, because sparking the conversation is the first step to effect ...more
Jane Addams was a remarkable woman. When Jane was just six years old, she noticed that not everyone lived the way she did. At that moment, she vowed that one day she would “live in the midst of horrid little houses and change the world!” Her father did not believe that woman should not receive an education and sent Jane to school. After she graduated at the top of her class, she did not know what to do ...more
A wealthy young woman named Jane Addams moved into a lovely, elegant house in Chicago, Illinois. The lovely house was right in the middle of one of the filthiest, poorest parts of town. Growing up, Jane noticed that everyone lived just like her family did, wealthy. She vowed that one day she would live in a high poverty part of town to "fix the world." Jane was very smart; she graduated from Rockford Female Seminary being the top of her class. Jane named her house the Hull House, and she ...more
Rationale: In Hold Fast, Early and her family become homeless after her father mysteriously disappears. As the Pearl family tries to make their way through the Chicago shelter system, Early struggles to make sense of her new world. At one point in the story, Early notices the numerous empty buildings in the area around the shelter and wonders why they aren't used to create homes. This creates a natural tie to the story of Jane Addams, who did exactly ...more
"Uh oh, is this going to be a tale of a privileged white woman 'saving' poor people?" I wondered to myself.
There's nothing wrong with the impulse to help people less fortunate than you, but in my experience, viewing things from the lens of pity leads only ...more
By Tanya Lee Stone
Summary: The book follows the life of Jane Addams. When she was younger she when on a trip and saw lower class people and promised to help them one day. As she was growing up, she studied and went to college. When she graduated, her father died and she became lost. Seeing the less fortunate in London, helped her remember the promise she made. Jane moved to Chicago and settled in a big house in a very poor ...more
I am so ...more