A House That Once Was

A House That Once Was

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, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before....

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Title:A House That Once Was
Author:Julie Fogliano
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1626723141
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:48 pages pages

A House That Once Was Reviews

  • Rebecca
    May 02, 2018
    Beautiful language by Julie Fogliano -- rhyming and not-quite-rhyming verse that begs to be read aloud. I can imagine having someone read this to me as a kid, and shivering with the mystery and possibility of exploring an abandoned house. Also note the unusual illustration technique...
  • Jillian
    May 14, 2018
    It took me a while to get used to the way the story is presented - "that once was but now isn't a home," "once wasn't but now it is peeling." I think a read-aloud-er would have to be very careful not to lose those being read to with the dreamlike quality of the text. It really hits it...
  • Betsy
    Apr 12, 2018
    When I was growing up there was an empty house across the street. A melancholy, haunted structure that seemed to wear its sadness like a badge. No one ever moved into it that I can recall, and the neighborhood kids would attempt to conjure up ghost stories to match its tired visage. I ...
  • Tasha
    Jun 30, 2018
    Two children head into the woods and discover an old house that is no longer a home. Once painted blue with an overgrown path, the house has a door that is stuck partly open. So the children enter through a broken window. Inside they find clues about the people who used to live there. ...
  • Vicki
    Jun 16, 2018
    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 ...
  • Richie Partington
    May 11, 2018
    Richie?s Picks: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith, ill., Roaring Brook, May 2018, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-314-6 ?Who was this someone who walked down this hallway who cooked in this kitchen who napped in this chair? Who was this someone who left without...
  • Jason
    Jun 28, 2018
    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 freefor...
  • Laura Harrison
    May 25, 2018
    I loved Fogliano's slightly overlooked yet perfect, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. A House that Once Was is a lovely poetry book. Poignant, quiet, atmospheric. Many discussions can arise as to why the house is abandoned. Lavish, scrumptious illustrations by the magnificent Lane Smith. ...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Jun 05, 2018
    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...
  • Beverly
    Jun 19, 2018
    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...
  • Jana
    Jun 12, 2018
    With lyrical language and beautiful illustrations, this book has readers imagining all of the possibilities for what once occupied an old, abandoned house in the woods. As the children climb in through the window and have a look around, they look at everything left behind and think abo...
  • Jillian Heise
    Jan 11, 2018
    Pair with This House, Once ...
  • Margie
    Jun 24, 2018
    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 a...
  • April
    Jul 10, 2018
    Brings me back to my childhood, exploring in the woods behind my house, wondering about the history of the old lane-way that ran through, which used to be a road. This book is exactly the kind of wondering that I love the most. Wondering, imagining, the history and the life of those wh...
  • Allison
    May 18, 2018
    I have mixed feelings about this one. While the illustrations were dreamy and the words poetic, I question the ideas it may give children (and don't say they wouldn't get ideas - trust me, no biting books have inspired children to start biting!). I worry that some really imaginative ki...
  • Leslie Reese
    May 30, 2018
    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 fo...
  • Earl
    Mar 04, 2018
    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 ov...
  • Ann Haefele
    Jun 27, 2018
    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...
  • Annie
    Mar 20, 2018
    I do love the sad mysterious ones. Although I?m not sure I would have thought it was sad when I was a kid. This makes me think of my favorite Margaret Wise Brown books. I love the way Julie Fogliano plays with the poetic line, and how she dives right into the weird and unexpected...
  • Carol  Vanhook
    Jun 01, 2018
    What I especially liked about this book are the questions inside the house as to who lived here, what did they enjoy doing with their loved ones and friends, what inventive technologies did they use, and when did the somebodies live here. It is a puzzle that these histories fade away, ...
  • Bella
    May 28, 2018
    Gobsmacked! Didn?t know that children?s board books can accommodate such beautiful narrative poetry. The flap told me the illustrator won some awards or sommat, and though the busy style irked me when I laid eye on the cover, I began to marvelled at some of the intricacies in the p...
  • Michelle
    Jun 07, 2018
    There's something so appealing about Julie Fogliano's writing. Lyrical, yet conversational, it evokes a dreamlike mindfulness that is both here-and-now and on the edge of something that's not quite, but very nearly in reach. It transports you, puts you at ease, and fills you with hope?...
  • Leonard Kim
    Apr 07, 2018
    I wish I liked this better. The first stanza/spread is a home run. What I am starting to think after this book and her previous couple (When's My Birthday? and Old Dog Baby Baby) is that Fogliano is a real poet whose work may not be best served broken up across the pages of a standard ...
  • Shaye Miller
    Jun 18, 2018
    Two children find an old, abandoned house and begin walking through it, attempting to figure out who used to live there and why they left. They find old toys, discarded books, and pictures of who may have been the inhabitants. It?s both a sweet and somber picture book that includes a...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Jun 07, 2018
    These illustrations are amazing! I love, love, love Lane Smith?s work in this book. Check out the little mouse peaking out of the photo on the wall! I truly enjoyed this story, told in rhyme, that made me wonder what has happened to the people who lived here and why did they leave th...
  • Traci
    Jul 03, 2018
    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 #mustread @JulieFogliano @LaneSmith @RoaringBrookPress ...
  • GooseberryCompote
    May 17, 2018
    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...
  • Lisa M E
    Jun 12, 2018
    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...
  • Karen Abbott
    Jul 02, 2018
    In silence with secrets a house sits nestled in the woods. Two children find it and climb through a broken window and wander and wonder about what this house was and who lived inside. Where have the people gone who used to call this place their home? How long will the house wait for th...
  • BooksForTopics
    May 31, 2018
    Rhythmical and enchanting, A House that Once Was is a picture book about imagining and connecting with how things might have been different in other times. Deep in the woods two children discover an old house; ?a house that once was but now isn't a home?. The children enter the...