A House That Once Was

A House That Once Was Review

Deep in the woodsis a housejust a housethat once wasbut now isn’t a home.Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go?Two children set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, boo...

Title:A House That Once Was
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Miriam

    Inside the houseit is silent but creaking.We're whispering mostlybut not really speaking.We whisper though no one would mind if we didn't.The someone who once wasis someone who isn't.The someone who o...

  • Betsy

    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 nei...

  • Sara

    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 ch...

  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

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

  • Laura Harrison

    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 h...

  • Leonard Kim

    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...

  • Earl

    I can't wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I ...

  • Annie

    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...

  • Leslie Reese

    This gem struck me as a poetic meditation on what an abandoned house is: a place that was once a home. A place where people lived life, dreamed dreams, and made memories. It wonders what happened that...

  • Rebecca

    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 possib...