The House That Jane Built by Tanya Lee Stone

The House That Jane Built

This is the story of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who transformed a poor neighborhood in Chicago by opening up her house as a community center.This title has Common Core connections.

Details The House That Jane Built

TitleThe House That Jane Built
Release DateJun 23rd, 2015
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Biography, Nonfiction, History, Historical

Reviews The House That Jane Built

  • Lisa Vegan
    I really admire Jane Addams. For a semester in college (in-between majoring in English literature and psychology) I took classes in sociology and studied her in depth. I either learned more from this book, or more likely relearned some of what I learned back then. She was a remarkable woman.This is an excellent picture book, the picture book portion book fine as a read aloud picture book for 4 to 8 year olds, and the last portion, with photos and...
  • Mary
    A picture book introduction about the community worker Jane Addams and the work she did to help the needy. Although this is a brief overview of her life and contributions, it does give a sense of why she is important. This will be an invaluable resource for discussing peace and justice issues with young readers.
  • Gabrielle Carolina
    Now I absolutely have to know EVERYTHING about Jane Addams- that's how you write heroine fiction for children. Now I'm imagining reading this to all little my future-feminist babies and looking for the day when their eyes light up with how amazing this woman was!
  • David Schaafsma
    Jane Addams inspired many children's and YA biographies, in addition to several adult biographies, many of which I have read. She won a Nobel Peace Prize and was once the most famous woman in the U.S., but had kind of faded from view until about fifteen years ago when there has been a surge of work about her that continues to this day. The best work I have read about her is Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy by Louise Knight and ...
  • Barbara
    With its lively text and anecdotes supported by illustrations created with watercolor and pen and ink, this picture book pays tribute to a woman who deserves every bit of attention that ever comes her way. The author relates some of the influences on Jane Addams, the founder of Hull House in Chicago. Addams was not one who spoke of acts of kindness and compassion without actions. Instead, she made sure that those in need could find food, shelter,...
  • Lisa
    Before I read this book I didn't know anything about Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Mimi (daughter, age 10) read it first and gave it 5 stars, and I have to agree! Beautiful illustrations enhance the wonderful history of this kind and determined woman. Now I know all about Hull House, the very first community center in the United States. The author's note at the end of the book is not to be missed. Here I lear...
  • Nancy Kotkin
    Text: 4 starsIllustrations: 4 starsPicture book biography of Jane Addams. Focuses on her work building America's first settlement house. Watercolor illustrations depict the historical time period. An author's note in the back of the book provides more information and some photos of Jane. Bibliography included.
  • Allison
    "The House that Jane Built: a Story About Jane Addams" might be my favorite children’s book of all time. I had chills nearly the entire time I was reading it. The book beautifully describes the development of Jane’s compassion and empathy toward people who are not as fortunate as her, starting with events from her childhood, and then tells what she accomplished as a result of those experiences. Shocking family and friends, she moves into the ...
  • Ms.Vee
    The House That Jane built is a Historical Biography of Jane Addams. It is an inspirational story about the life and work of First American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. This book is packed with information and would be an inspiration for any of my students. It is also a great book to point out character traits to aspire to. I also enjoyed how this is a story about a strong female character that did this in times where women were not encourage...
  • Earl
    I had so many wrong assumptions about this book! For instance, I thought this was about the wife of John Adams (despite the difference in spelling) which just goes to show how amazing I am with history. Luckily, this book kept showing up on lots of NFPB posts and I was intrigued. I'm so glad I picked it up because what Jane Addams did through Hull House (and other things mentioned in the Author's Note) is something I want to help happen in this w...
  • Jenny
    Describes Jane Addams desire to help the poor and her idea to begin Hull House in a bad neighborhood in Chicago. A nice introduction into some of the work that Jane Addams did and contains an informative author's note and list of sources.
  • Nyapot Hogan
    Content-area crossover -Social StudiesTwin Text: Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea by Lynne Cox This book is about an elephant seal who swam in the street shallow waters of Avon River where it flowed through the heart of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Most sea elephants lived in salt water but not this one. The people of the town believed she was special. "She was strong and powerful and regal-like Elizabeth, the Queen of England." So they name...
  • Carmel
    This was a fantastic book to share with my 7yo (first grade). It was simple and short, but the message was strong: there are things everyone can do to make the world a better place. I also read this with my 5yo and while it was a good read with beautiful illustrations, the message wasn't quite as clear for her. It was a good reminder for me to pick up some picture books for the older kids still, when we are moving on to longer books, because spar...
  • Kris
    This is a great introduction to Jane Addams and the founding of Hull House. Addams social reforming and activism benefited many people, and this, although focused on just Hull House, reflects that. Of course I wish there could have been more info about those who were also instrumental in Hull House, or on Addams’ Nobel Peace Prize or being a founding member of the NAACP and the ACLU, but there’s only so much room in a picture book. :) The art...
  • Ivy Wesner
    Stone, Tanya Lee. The House That Jane Built. Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2015. 40 p. Gr. K-4.Jane Addams was a remarkable woman. When Jane was just six years old, she noticed that not everyone lived the way she did. At that moment, she vowed that one day she would “live in the midst of horrid little houses and change the world!” Her father did not believe that woman should not receive an education and sent Jane to school. After she graduated...
  • Tasha
    Jane Addams was a girl born into comfort and wealth, but even as a child she noticed that not everyone lived like that. In a time when most women were not educated, Addams went to Seminary. When traveling with her friends in Europe she saw real poverty and then also saw a unique solution in London that she brought home with her. In Chicago, she started the first settlement house, a huge house that worked to help the poor right in the most destitu...
  • Lesley Colin
    This is the story about Jane Addams and her desire to change the world for the better. When Jane was young, she noticed that not everyone lived an extraordinary life like she had. Because of this she promised herself that she would do everything in her power to help out the poor. One day she took a trip to Europe where she came across the same types of poor and struggling communities. After visiting one of the settlement homes in Europe she knew ...
  • Christy Cryer
    Twin Text: Hold Fast by Blue Balliet, 2015Rationale: In Hold Fast, Early and her family become homeless after her father mysteriously disappears. As the Pearl family tries to make their way through the Chicago shelter system, Early struggles to make sense of her new world. At one point in the story, Early notices the numerous empty buildings in the area around the shelter and wonders why they aren't used to create homes. This creates a natural ti...
  • Kara
    Knowing only the very basics about Jane Addams when I opened this book, I became apprehensive when one of the first spreads describes 6-year-old Jane going on a trip with her father, observing poverty and vowing to do something about it one day."Uh oh, is this going to be a tale of a privileged white woman 'saving' poor people?" I wondered to myself.There's nothing wrong with the impulse to help people less fortunate than you, but in my experienc...
  • Jennifer Strong
    From a young age Jane Addams wanted to help the poor. She opened up a "settlement house" in Chicago on September 18, 1889 and welcomed anyone who came through the door. She fed the hungry, educated children, gave jobs to those in need, built a playground, opened the first public bath house, a gym, a coffee shop, an art gallery, a theater and a music hall. Her work helped thousands of people lead better lives. She truly turned a "bad neighborhood ...
  • Ro
    The cover of this literary biography draws attention not only to the zoomed in drawing of Jane, but also to the diverse people she dedicated her life to, creating curiosity as to who exactly lived in Jane’s home. The story of Jane begins with a glimpse into her childhood and how social injustice affected her, even at the tender age of six. Later in life, when as an adult she is witness to social injustice and poverty once again, she is ready to...
  • Cornmaven
    As a kid in the Chicago area, I devoured bios because I wanted to learn about famous people and how they overcame adversity to gain a skill or achieve a goal.I remember reading a bio of Jane Addams because she was a central figure in assistance for the poor in Chicago.THTJB tells the story of Addams, a girl from a wealthy family who grew up to found Hull House, at first one house, then a whole collection of buildings focusing on the poor – feed...
  • Linda
    If you don’t know about Jane Addams, this book offers a lovely introduction for young children. It begins with a very early story where, on a trip with her father, Jane asks about the poor that she notices, and vows that when she grows up she will do something to help. Kathryn Brown gives us beautifully drawn watercolors of the highlights of Jane’s life as she journeyed toward her famous accomplishment, opening Hull House in the midst of Chic...
  • Lisa
    Jane Addams was a wealthy woman who wanted to make a difference. While visiting London in the late 1800s, she discovered a settlement house where the rich live among the poor teaching them the skills they need to become more self sufficient. Jane came back to America and moved into a poor section of Chicago in a big house and started Hull House, which eventually grew into a huge complex, dedicated to helping the poor. Hull House sponsored pre-sch...
  • Aleisha Douthitt
    This is a non-fiction book about an amazing woman named Jane Addams. She won the Nobel peace prize and was an amazing inspiration. She opened a community center in her home to help out the Chicago community. The community she lived in was full of immigrants and children who were experiencing great poverty, and were starving and living on the streets. She began letting people into her home to eat and get a hot bath. Before long she opened up a com...
  • Sam Gallagher
    A House that Jane Built is a true story about the celebrated life of Jane Adams. This beautifully written story brings Jane's life to light as it details her ambition and string sense of social justice. Jane herself was a groundbreaking woman so it would only makes sense for her to have a ground breaking book. The main accomplishment of her life was her running a house for the poor and needy to get help- no matter what kind of help they needed. T...
  • Holly Mueller
    It's fascinating that Jane Addams felt a compassion toward people in poverty at the age of six and vowed to do something about it at such a young age. Addams had an incredible spirit of adventure, love of learning, and sense of social responsibility. These added up to make her a force of goodness in the world. I loved the part that described how she gave all her gifts away to the less fortunate - even a monogrammed pair of bloomers! She gave peop...