This House, Once

This House, Once

Picture Book - 2017 | 1st ed
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Asks readers to think about ways in which the natural world has provided for them, by exploring all the different elements of a house and where each came from, once.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781481442848
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm


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forbesrachel Sep 19, 2018

Every home was once something else, from the door to the windows, they used to exist as other things, trees, and stones, and sand. With a simple, yet fondly nostalgic text, Freedman reminds us of these facts, building up a home piece by piece, while tiny critters play. The art of This House, Once has a dreamlike quality to it from the hazy watercolours, and soft pencils. Purple forms the palettes core, with splashes of blues, greens, browns, and reds to add touches of warmth. Not only does this book portray the notion of building a house in the literal sense, it also refers to it in a metaphorical way as well, as is evident from the sentimental dedication at the front of the book. Homes are made of people, and animals, not just the blocks that make up the walls, and all of them are different. Freedman's charming message, and beautiful paintings, will touch your heart.

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.

ArapahoeStaff2 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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