The House on Dirty-Third Street

by Jo S. Kittinger
Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
A mother and daughter turn a hopeless old house into a loving family home with faith, hard work, and the support of their community.
Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 9781561456192
  • Publication date: 03/01/2012
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-3/8" x 9-3/8"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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Description

A mother and daughter turn a hopeless old house into a loving family home with faith, hard work, and the support of their community.

When a girl and her mother are forced to start over, they find themselves feeling isolated and defeated. Longing for their former neighborhood and friends, and overwhelmed by the repairs their new house needs, they finally realize they can’t do everything alone – the only way to make things better is to ask for help. They both learn that when you reach out to the community, people answer with kindness. As the house gets rebuilt, so does their sense of belonging.

Stunning illustrations from Thomas Gonzalez, New York Times best-selling illustrator of 14 Cows for America, give the backdrop to Jo Kittinger’s inspiring story that reveals how communities are created—or recreated—when people work together. The House On Dirty-Third Street will touch the heart of anyone who has faced starting over in difficult circumstances.

Author/Illustrator

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Jo S. Kittinger

Author

Jo S. Kittinger is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and the author of a number of children’s books.

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Thomas Gonzalez

Illustrator

Tom Gonzalez is an illustrator, designer, and portrait artist. A native of Cuba, Tom came to the United States when he was ten years old. He studied at the Atlanta School of Art (now called Savannah of Art and Design). After working at the Coca-Cola Company for more than twenty years, Tom held several creative positions with other global brands. He has illustrated many picture books, including 14 Cows for America, Seven and a Half Tons of Steel, and Countdown. He lives in Georgia.

Reviews

“Here’s a book promoting faith in a light-handed, even practical way without sacrificing one bit of its inspirational power…A low-key, heartening effort that will ring true to many.” ―Booklist

“A tale of generosity, faith and friendship. Share it quietly within and with others.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Jo S. Kittinger’s powerful story of revitalizing a community and believing in a dream will touch the heart of anyone who has faced starting over in difficult circumstances.” ―Midwest Book Review

Awards

hristopher Award (Books for Young People) ―Christophers, 2013

Social Justice Literature Award ―Literacy and Social Justice Special Interest Group, International Reading Association, 2013

CCBC Choices (Picture Books for School-Age Children) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2013

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2013

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Language Arts K-6 picture books) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2012

Carol D. Reiser Book Award for Inspiring Future Volunteers ―Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta, 2013

Storytelling World Resource Awards (Winner, Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners) ―Storytelling World, 2013

Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2013-2014

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2014-2015

Children’s Gallery Award (Nominee) ―National Christian School Association, 2014-2015

Mockingbird Award (Nominee) ―Abilene Independent School District, 2012-2013

More Details

AR Level: 3.2
F&P: GRL N, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: AD600L
Themes: Beauty, Belief, Community, Home, Moving
BISAC 1: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues
BISAC 2: JUV023000 JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life
BISAC3: JUV033010 JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Christian / General

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