Posted by: nancyisanders | April 5, 2016

NF PB Journey

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The House that George Built
by Suzanne Slade
Art by Rebecca Bond
Published by Charlesbridge in 2012

I think this is one of my all-time favorites as a nonfiction picture book. Why? Because I love the combination of the 2 levels of text.

On one level, the information is presented about the details and interesting facts surrounding the building of the White House by George Washington.

At the second level, on many corresponding spreads, the cumulative poem builds, following the format of THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT.

It’s clever. It’s unique. It’s a fresh spin on an age-old topic. And that’s what makes this nonfiction picture book a winner in my opinion. Way to go Charlesbridge! Way to go Suzanne Slade and Rebecca Bond!

Here’s my rubric for this text.

The House That George Built



  1. This is one of my favorites, too! Both for the structure (hose that Jack built) and the nonfiction layer.

    • Yes, isn’t it simply brilliant? And so engaging for kids!

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