A New Chapter for a Preservation Classic

Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by Gwendolyn Purdom

"That Little House looks just like the Little House my grandmother lived in when she was a little girl," the woman says, "only that Little House was way out in the country on a hill covered with daisies and apple trees growing around."

It was a simple story: A countryside cottage, once a bustling family home, fades into the background as the big city springs up around it. Dwarfed by skyscrapers, the boarded-up Little House in Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s picture book is saved only when the original owner’s great-great-granddaughter buys the property and restores it to its former glory on another idyllic hillside. [Editor's note: Of course, if would have been nice to see the house restored in its original location. But hey, we're not trying to change the story...]

The special 70th anniversary cover. (Image: Houghton Mifflin Books)

The 1943 Caldecott Medal winner itself will find new life this spring as its publisher celebrates the 70th anniversary of the beloved preservation tale with a special edition.

"Not only does the Little House in the story remain sturdy, resilient, and unmoved through the changes that time ushers in, but it showcases the power of storytelling and a truly classic story," says Mary Wilcox, the new edition’s editor, and vice president and editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Books for Children and HMH Books. "Seventy years later, The Little House remains in print and we continue to celebrate its staying power."

With an included audio CD and new introduction by Burton’s son, sculptor Aris Demetrios, The Little House 70th anniversary edition hit shelves in April.

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Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.

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