The House by the Lake: The True Story of a House, Its History, and the Four Families Who Made It Home
Thomas Harding (Author) Britta Teckentrup (Illustrator)
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DescriptionHistory comes home in a deeply moving, exquisitely illustrated tale of a small house, taken by the Nazis, that harbors a succession of families--and becomes a quiet witness to a tumultuous century. The days went around like a wheel.
The sun rose, warming the walls of the house. On the outskirts of Berlin, Germany, a wooden cottage stands on the shore of a lake. Over the course of a hundred years, this little house played host to a kind Jewish doctor and his family, a successful Nazi composer, wartime refugees, and a secret-police informant. During that time, as a world war came and went and the Berlin Wall arose just a stone's throw from the back door, the house filled up with myriad everyday moments. And when that time was over, and the dwelling was empty and derelict, the great-grandson of the man who built the house felt compelled to bring it back to life and listen to the story it had to tell. Illuminated by Britta Teckentrup's magnificent illustrations, Thomas Harding's narration reads like a haunting fairy tale--a lyrical picture-book rendering of the story he first shared in an acclaimed personal history for adult readers.
September 08, 2020
11.3 X 10.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author
Thomas Harding is an author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, The Sunday Times (London), the Washington Post, and the Guardian, among other publications. He cofounded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award-winning documentary maker. He also ran a local newspaper in West Virginia before moving back to England, where he lives with his family. Britta Teckentrup's strikingly beautiful picture books have been published in more than twenty countries, and her work has been short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her books with Candlewick include Fish Everywhere, Where's the Baby?, One Is Not a Pair, and Don't Wake Up the Tiger. Born in Hamburg, she now lives with her family in Berlin, Germany.