Newbery Honor Book, 1950
An early naturalist and philosopher escapes civilization by building his house among the giant redwoods.
About the Author
Barbara Cooney was a two-time Caldecott award-winner for her books The Ox-Cart Man and The Chanticleer and the Fox. She illustrated over 100 books by the time she died in Maine in 2000.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book aloud with my daughters. It is a 1950 Newbery Honor Book.Upon his retirement, Jerome Kildee builds a house under a giant redwood tree in the wilderness surrounded by 100 acres of woods and hillside. Although his intention was to remain reclusive, he opens both his home and his heart to his woodland friends which include raccoons, skunks, mice, rats, and even a deer. His home is between two feuding neighbours: the Eppys and the Cabots. When Jerome befriends Emma Lou Eppy it piques the curiosity of Donald Roger Cabot and both children often come to visit him. As the animals multiply and take over Jerome's little house, Emma Lou and Donald Roger work together to find a solution. Doing so, repairs the rift between the feuding families.We loved this book! My children love animals, so we really enjoyed reading how Jerome lived his life with raccoons in his wood stove and skunks under his bed!I have often daydreamed about what life would be like to live in the wilderness away from technology and surrounded by nature. I would think it would be a peaceful existence - a simpler time. As long as I had books to read, I could live without television and the internet!This is a wonderful book to enjoy with your children!MY RATING: 4.5 stars!
Kildee House was an okay book. There was not that much action in it and I like action books. Jerome was facing a crisis that needed immediate attention. At least that’s he would call the doazens of coons and skunks that were living under his house.he loved animals until the coons and skunks started having babys. He wanted help from his friends but they were fighting. thought it was okay because it had some parts I liked and parts I didn’t like. I liked the book but I wish it would have had more action. If you enjoy reading about the outdoors and don’t mind little actyion, then this might be the book for you.