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:40 pages pages

A House That Once Was Reviews

  • Rebecca
    May 02, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Betsy
    Apr 12, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

  • Miriam
    Aug 03, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

  • Diane
    Nov 20, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

  • DaNae
    Sep 15, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    I am a lover of picture books and this one strikes the perfect balance between haunting and loveliness. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Beautiful, lyrical, haunting, hopeful. Fogliano hardly needed an illustration to put us smack in this setting. I still have goosebumps. (Smith's illustrations are, however, lovely.) ...

  • Vicki
    Jun 16, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

  • Sara
    Aug 30, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Oct 14, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

  • Kelly
    May 15, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

  • Laura Harrison
    May 25, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    I am a lover of picture books and this one strikes the perfect balance between haunting and loveliness. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

  • Beverly
    Jun 19, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    I am a lover of picture books and this one strikes the perfect balance between haunting and loveliness. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Beautiful, lyrical, haunting, hopeful. Fogliano hardly needed an illustration to put us smack in this setting. I still have goosebumps. (Smith's illustrations are, however, lovely.) ...

    Lovely. ...

    I love Fogliano. This was great! It kind of went off the rails just a bit as the kids were imagining where the former inhabitants of the house have wandered off to, but it all comes together. ...

    This is a great book to use with students to get them thinking and imagining...I wonder... what if... I enjoyed the story and the illustrations. ...

    Lovely musing text; beautiful, textured-looking collages. ...

  • Jordan Henrichs
    Oct 09, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    I am a lover of picture books and this one strikes the perfect balance between haunting and loveliness. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Beautiful, lyrical, haunting, hopeful. Fogliano hardly needed an illustration to put us smack in this setting. I still have goosebumps. (Smith's illustrations are, however, lovely.) ...

    Lovely. ...

    I love Fogliano. This was great! It kind of went off the rails just a bit as the kids were imagining where the former inhabitants of the house have wandered off to, but it all comes together. ...

  • Katrina
    Dec 12, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    I am a lover of picture books and this one strikes the perfect balance between haunting and loveliness. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Beautiful, lyrical, haunting, hopeful. Fogliano hardly needed an illustration to put us smack in this setting. I still have goosebumps. (Smith's illustrations are, however, lovely.) ...

    Lovely. ...

  • Sandy
    Aug 15, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

  • Leslie Reese
    May 30, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

  • Jaksen
    Dec 19, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

  • Earl
    Mar 04, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

  • Kati
    Nov 02, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

  • KC
    Jul 17, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

  • Jeimy
    Nov 19, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    I am a lover of picture books and this one strikes the perfect balance between haunting and loveliness. ...

  • Manju
    Aug 10, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

  • Annie
    Mar 20, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

  • Leonard Kim
    Apr 07, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Nedra Isenberg
    Oct 21, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    I am a lover of picture books and this one strikes the perfect balance between haunting and loveliness. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

    A boy and girl explore an abandoned house, and wonder and imagine. Evocative, inventive, and quite stunning. ...

    Beautiful, lyrical, haunting, hopeful. Fogliano hardly needed an illustration to put us smack in this setting. I still have goosebumps. (Smith's illustrations are, however, lovely.) ...

    Lovely. ...

    I love Fogliano. This was great! It kind of went off the rails just a bit as the kids were imagining where the former inhabitants of the house have wandered off to, but it all comes together. ...

    This is a great book to use with students to get them thinking and imagining...I wonder... what if... I enjoyed the story and the illustrations. ...

  • Hilary
    Oct 03, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Dec 10, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    Aug 19, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

  • GooseberryCompote
    May 17, 2018

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...

    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...

    a beautiful story about a house that once was a home. About the people who might have called its walls their own. Two children, exploring the forest, stumble upon a path. And down that path, overgrown, rarely trod, is a house.... falling apart, still housing the memories of the peop...

    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...

    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 ...

    Two children explore an old abandoned house they find in the woods and speculate on who once lived there and where the people went. The illustrations are pen and ink drawings with some collages of real objects thrown in. ...

    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 ...

    The illustrations were okay, but very jumbled. The story was difficult to follow at times, and I tried to look at it through a child's eyes. It didn't go well. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 re...

    A boy and girl stumble upon an abandon house and imagine its former tenants. What I loved most about this book was how illustrator Lane Smith used two types of artwork to represent the past and present. ...

    I treasure Julie Fogliano' poetic phrasing combined with Lane Smith's India ink and oil paint illustrations. ...

    I am a lover of picture books and this one strikes the perfect balance between haunting and loveliness. ...

    This teaches kids that history is way cool, and why old stuff matters. ...

  • Abigail
    Jan 15, 2019

    Stunning in every way. ...

    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. Two children explore an abandoned house in the wood...

    The illustrations were okay. The text felt forced and reminded me too much of other better books, The Green Ship and The Hidden House spring to mind, which covered the idea that a house stands, whilst lives end and move on much more effectively. ...

    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 ...

    This is another lovely children's book, found thanks to The New York Times' annual list of the best illustrated children's books. The story follows two children who find an abandoned house in the woods and sneak inside to look around. They imagine who might have lived there, and wha...

    The overwhelming reaction every member of my household had to this book was a breathy and very pleased sounding, "gee that was nice." This is a sweet, just slightly mysterious story about two curious children and the long abandoned home they love to explore. There's just a touch ...

    Borrowed this book to read to my six-year old grandson. Okay, we liked it well enough, a brief story about two children finding, exploring and wondering about an abandoned house found in the woods. The illustrations were 'okay' my grandson said. (And he is a great drawer; all his Ch...

    Who gave a kid?s book the right so be so gorgeously atmospheric and charming????? ...

    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. ...

    Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, A House That Once Was is a triumph of a picture-book, one that successfully evokes that feeling of childhood, of exploring a mysterious world that echoes with the sounds and shadows of those who came before. The poetic narrative follows ...