There are lots of stories about little people, Gulliver’s travels by Jonathan Swift, the Borrowers by Mary Norton, the Littles by John Peterson, the wee free men by Terry Pratchett and Tom Thumb being a few that spring to mind. But what about books about houses for very little people? I think this may be the first of its kind!
Measuring just 4 x 4.5 inches, with 12 pages and staple binding. The story begins…Jack and Teddy and Gollywog live together in – a house – it is built of bricks with a roof of tiles.
Mr. Bunny Rabbit’s house is called a – hutch - it is built of wood and wirework.
Spot, Jack’s dog lives in a – Kennel - built of wood with a carpet of straw.
Lots of other houses are described including those for Mrs. Pussy Cat, Sammy Sparrow, Mr. Fog and Old Mrs. Owl. Considering the fragile nature of this book it’s survived in remarkable condition. There is a little rusting around the staples and one or two brown spot, but it's otherwise unscathed. I guess the fact that its cloth lined has helped, but even so, it’s pretty remarkable.
Our house, like the one in the story is built of bricks with a tiled roof. We moved here four years ago and like it very much but will probably downsize before too long. We enjoy living in the country, with fields close by, but as we get older shops and amenities will probably become more important. We often talk about moving to
Australia to be closer to our son
and family but there are lots of things to consider. We have family and friends
here to think about and there is always the possibility that our Australian
family might move to England
Several of our friends have found their ‘forever’ homes, but I don’t think we are in that position just yet. How about you – is your home forever?
House for very little people; further details here