A House That Once Was

A House That Once Was


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A New York Times Best Illustrated book!

A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of 2018

“Accompanied by Lane's evocative art that suggests layers of history, Fogliano's story turns this childhood scenario into a radiant poem about the mysteries of other people and the wonderfulness of home.” —New York Times

Deep in the woods

is a house

just a house

that once was

but 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 by piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, and discarded toys, creating their own vision of those who came before, in this deeply moving tale of imagination by Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Lane Smith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626723146
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 143,958
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About the Author

Julie Fogliano is the New York Times–bestselling author of And Then It’s Spring and If You Want to See a Whale, as well as the poetry collection, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. Recipient of the 2013 Ezra Jack Keats Award, her books have been translated into more than ten languages. Julie lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and three children. When she is not folding laundry or wondering what to make for dinner, she is staring out the window waiting for a book idea to fly by.

Lane Smith is the author and illustrator of Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green, runaway New York Times bestseller It's a Book, Kate Greenaway Medalist There Is a Tribe of Kids, and A Perfect Day, among others. He was named the 2012 Carle Artist and received the 2014 Society of Illustrators lifetime achievement award. He lives in an old house in Connecticut with the designer Molly Leach.

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A House That Once Was 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book as it allows children to use their imagination into the story as two children look inside an abandoned home. The story gives hints as to what might have occurred inside this house and the illustrations provide little details but it’s up to the individuals who are reading the story to put their particulars into the story. I like how this story is told. Using rhyme, a boy and girl discover the mystery house and its contents. They make inferences on each page based on what they see. The illustrations are wonderful and use a variety of mediums. It really is a children’s book worth checking out. “Inside the house it is silent but creaking. We’re whispering mostly but not really speaking. We whisper though no one would mind if we didn’t. The someone who once was is someone who isn’t. The someone who once was is gone.” Webpage with some of the photographs of the book, check out macmillan website for some great pictures of the book