This House, Once

This House, Once

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"Tender, comforting, and complex." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Drawn with exquisite precision and quiet dashes of humor." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A lovely, ruminative selection." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"A blueprint for mindfulness and gratitude for the homes in which" -- The New York Times Book Review

Deborah Freedman's masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree--
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

What was your home, once?

This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.
Audience: Ages 4-6.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481442848
Branch Call Number: JP Freed
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Mar 13, 2017

Beautiful, quiet read that would work well as a bedtime book. I wish the author had included the "Note to Readers" (What was your house once?) as part of the story.

AL_ALYX Mar 13, 2017

I loved this delicate, quiet story. Not only is it informative and educational on how a house is built, I loved following the cat around from page to page. Freedman does a fantastic job at balancing the use of white space and watching colors explode brilliantly on the page. A job well done!

MissLacie Mar 07, 2017

Gentle and sweet, this book describes where materials for a house can come from (or what they once were). From an oak tree to a door and from a sandy beach to a glass window; the story weaves a path that will leave kids looking at their own homes differently.

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