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A House That Once Was

Deep in the woodsis a housejust a housethat once wasbut now isn’t a home.Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go?Two children set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before. ...

Title : A House That Once Was
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ISBN : 9781626723146
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 pages
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A House That Once Was Reviews

  • Earl

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and over again.

  • Leslie Reese

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that its inhabitants have not returned?

    "And maybe the house is still waiting there for them.

    Waiting to hear their key in the door.

    Waiting for voices to bounce down the hallway.

    Waiting for someone to come sweep the floor.

    Or maybe it loves to just sit and remember

    stories of someone who we'll never know.


  • Ann Haefele

    Loved this quiet reflective story of an abandoned house where children exploring it imagine how it once was a home. The writing begs to be read aloud, and the illustrations show the dreamy imaginative state of mind of the children. Lane Smith, the illustrator, mentions in a note on the copyright page that his “present” illustrations are done in India ink and his “imagined” scenes are done with oil paint.

  • Traci

    Clever and thoughtful describe this lilting poem about a house that was once a home.

    Written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press.

    #PB #poem #rhyme


    @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress

  • Margie

    If you drive the country roads, especially those less traveled and paved with dirt and gravel, you will see remnants of previous buildings. There are large square or rectangular areas with broken stone foundations. Some portions are entirely missing. Other rocks are cemented in place and a foot high. Standing fence posts designate the existence of former barnyards. Nearby there are similar but smaller foundations for the houses.

    A clearer sign of human occupation are the carefully placed lilac bu

  • Vicki

    I love this book. This is exactly how I feel when I see abandoned buildings and houses-who was once here and what did they do?

    The author does a great job expressing the “wondering” part of this story. The thing I wonder about is the lack of an adult with these children as this could be a dangerous adventure. I would hate to have children encouraged by this book to explore like this on their own.

    The illustrations are well done, just not my personal style.

  • Jason

    Anyone who has read my reviews extensively knows that I hate rhyming picture books but this is one of the few exceptions to the rule. I am picky about meter and I want it to be consistent. I am not a poetry person, but I appreciate well-written poetry that (if it's anything but freeform) follows the structure of whatever type of poetry it is presenting itself as. SO MANY picture book writers are SLOPPY with meter and it feels condescending to me. This book is not only not condescending, it will ...more

  • Lisa M E

    The story is adorable, but it meanders a bit much. Could be a good bedtime story. The illustration styles change between present day and the imagined past. Both are beautiful, but the children in the present day are somewhat creepy and void of personality. I so wanted to like this book more than I did.