My mom gave me this book after purchasing it at a book sale only to bring it home and discover that she already owned a copy. I cannot help but think that I must have read either this book or another from the same series when I was a child, as the characters and scenes seemed almighty familiar.
The Little White House can be considered graduated Dick and Jane – similar characters, similar adventures, similar beautiful illustrations from the late forties, and an all around adorable, sweet tone.
The stories are short and episodic in nature – there is always some sort of kerfuffle going on with a dog or horse as Tom, Betty, Susan, Mother, and Father go about their life eating, playing, working, painting, and celebrating together. Every situation is happy and angst-free.
The second to last section feautures a series of stories from a “picture book the children are reading” each of which features fully-clothed, talking animals.
Conclusion. Very sweet.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret