Lou Bulosan-Nelson is going to build her dream. She shares a room with her mom in her grandmother's house in San Francisco, and longs for a place of her own where she can escape her lovable but large extended Filipino family. Lou has a talent for woodshop class and creating projects, and plans to build a tiny house, 100 square feet, all her own, on land that she inherited from her dad, who died before she was born. Then Lou discovers it's not so easy to build one, but she won't give up on her dreamand her friends and family wont either. This heartwarming coming-of-age story explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a house a true home. ADVANCED PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILTLous story gives voice to Filipino youth, addressing cultural differences, the importance of community, and the true meaning of home. This delightful debut welcomes readers in like a house filled with love. Kirkus, starred reviewCheerful and hope-filled. School Library Journal, sta...
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The House That Lou Built Reviews
I received an advanced copy of The House That Lou built, thanks to Random House Kids books. I read it in a day and I absolutely loved it.
Lou’s story is strikingly original, as is she. She is resilient, persistent, and real, making mistakes and learning from them. I couldn’t think of a better role model for my students. Lou and her family are beautifully developed, and her creativity and optimism when presented with problems are both traits of like to see developing in my students.
But what stru ...more
I was thrilled to get my hands on this darling book the day it was released. Lou is a 7th grader who is half-Filipino and half-Caucasian. She lost her father when she was just a baby, but she has an extremely supportive family living in close proximity. Because her mother is struggling financially, she is considering accepting a job in Washington state that would pay for Lou’s future college costs. However, this would take them far from their family and friends. So Lou concocts a plan to keep he ...more
I wish this book existed while I was growing up. But I’m glad The House That Lou Built exists for Filipino-American kids today. Respicio created wonderful characters and a heartfelt story about a girl with a dream to build her very own house. Filipino kids can relate to the cultural descriptions and Tagalog expressions (though Lou’s family uses Ilokano “manang” and “manong” instead of ate and kuya). The author also explains the meanings for non-Filipino readers as well. This was a quick read wit ...more
Interest Level: 3-6
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What would you do if you found out your mother wanted to move you away from your family and friends? What would you do if you found out that the land your dad gave you is about to be taken away because your mom can't afford the taxes on it? Would you think to build a tiny house on it? I wouldn't, but Lou was determined to do just that. Lou is the top of her ...more
A sweet story about a little girl fighting to keep her land bequeathed to her by her late father, and her dream to build a tiny house on it. The best part of this book is that it was Filipino all the way. Tons of talk about balakbayans, turon, lola wisdom, and tinikling dancing. (Which if you haven't seen, you must get yourself to youtube!) A huge, happy, supportive Pinoy family held up the structure of this story and gave it charm (as well as an extra star for my review)!
But the story itself w ...more
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Lou lives with her mother and grandmother in San Francisco. Her father died before she was born, and her grandfather passed away a few years ago, but she has a large, supportive extended family and many friends. Her mother is training to be a registered nurse and is struggling financially. She's looking for jobs, and favoring one she is offered in Washington state, because the cost of living is much cheaper. Lou does not want to leave the area, especially since her father ...more
I read an ARC of this book that was sent by Random House Kids via my #bookexpedition group.
It’s a wonderful middle grade story about family, friendships, and what home really means. Lou is everything I hope to see in a middle grade character: motivated and determined, yet also flawed. Sometimes she makes decisions that aren’t always best, but she learns from them by opening up and asking for help from her friends and family.
This was a window book for me; I enjoyed learning about Filipino cultu ...more
As soon as I saw the charming cover, I was hooked. The story is quick and sweet. We follow Lou as she tries to figure out what home and family mean, while also fighting for the last link she has to her dad--a little plot of land.
Lou's voice is charming and adorable throughout the book. She's so genuine, you can't help but love her. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into her community--a culture we don't have many MG books about--and I want her lola and my grandma to get together. The world may ...more