Andrew Henry’s Meadow – Vintage Kidlit Summer Week #9

by | Jul 28, 2023 | Books, Reading, Vintage Kidlit Summer | 4 comments

My friend Faith Elizabeth Hough (who blogs HERE) and I decided to create a fun reading challenge called Vintage Kidlit Summer. If you missed any of the details on how this challenge works, just go here and you can catch up! Basically, we’re doing 12 categories over 12 weeks, and each week has its own theme. All you have to do is choose a vintage/classic book that fits that week’s theme, read it, and share about it! You can write about it on your blog, or you can post your thoughts on Instagram (or Twitter) as well, by using the hashtag #vintagekidlitsummer. And if you’re in need of recommendations for each week’s theme, check out this blog post!

Our ninth week’s theme was Picture Book, and for this theme I chose to read Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn. I had never read it before, but because Faith included it as one of her picture book recommendations—and because I already had a copy!—I decided to read it for this week’s theme. 

What a joy! I can definitely see why Faith recommended it. Doris Burn was both the writer and illustrator of this summer story, and she did a wonderful job. This is the story of Andrew Henry, who loves building things but whose inventions aren’t appreciated by his family. He goes off to build himself a little house in a meadow, where he is soon joined by other children from the neighborhood who want special places of their own.

I am so glad I read this one, and I wish I had read this book as a child because I know I would have loved it! The illustrations are lovely, and the final line is fabulous. (A bit of a spoiler, but … And his family was always curious to see what Andrew Henry would build next.)

Off to find more Doris Burn books …

What did you read for the Vintage Kidlit Summer this week? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Marion

    I read “Peeps In Pajamas” it was so cute and can be read any time of the year.

  2. Marilyn

    My choice was “A Tale For Easter’ by Tasha Tudor. The story shows all of the surprises of the holiday. A new born chicks and bunnies appear along with other animals.

  3. Faith Elizabeth Hough

    Doris Burn is amazing. I love all her illustrated books, but this is extra special because she wrote it as well—she really had skill with words!
    In the “just illustrated by her” category, though, Christina Katerina and the Box (by Patricia Lee Gauch) is pretty incredible.

  4. Constance

    This is the first of your summer reads I did not know but it looks charming.


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