Have you ever ordered something
from a catalog? Was it hard to wait for it to get to your house? In this
story Emily Cartwright and her family order a new house from Sears, Roebuck
& Company. They are very excited about all of the new and modern features
of the house, but there is a lot of hard work ahead of them to get it ready
to move into.
Imagine your family building
their own house. A house made from a kit ordered through a Sears
catalog, a house that comes in the mail. In 1927, you could do just
that. Emily's parents deliver two surprises in one day. First,
Emily and her brother, Homer, find out that their mother is expecting a
baby, and second, the family will be getting a brand new house where all
three children will have a room of their own. Emily describes the
hard work her family puts forth building their catalog house and includes
pictures and memorabilia. Take a journey through Emily's scrapbook
and share a year in her life. (Cerese Long, firstname.lastname@example.org,
White Knoll Middle School, West Columbia, S.C.)
How often have you thought
about how far technology has advanced over the years?
Well 12 year old Emily reminds us of just how far we have come since 1928
in Rosemary and Tom Wells’ book The House in the Mail.
Emily and her brother are living in a cramped house when they find out
that their mother is going to have another baby in a few months.
Emily cannot even imagine where the new baby will sleep until her father
tells her that they are going to get a new house from Sears and Roebuck
I love the illustrations in this book because they remind me of my grandmother’s
scrapbook. It doesn't feel like you are reading a story, but like
you are looking through an old family photo album. The language and
terminology is also wonderful because they talk about the “icebox” and
that they can buy a “bungalow” for about $2,500.
I remember my father talking about how he and his siblings used to order
their school clothes from a Sears and Roebuck catalog and so this book
peaked my interest. I am really thankful that I read this book because
I really never knew that people could buy a house through the mail.
(Tracey Burel, SCASL and MLIS student at the University of South Carolina)