This house, once by Deborah Freedman


  This house, once by Deborah Freedman, Author & Illustrator, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 978-1-4814-4284-8, c2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This lovely picture book tells the tale of a house and how it came to be built–the door from an oak tree, the foundation of stones, the bricks that make the walls, and sand that is melted to become the glass windows.

The muted unusual colors, mostly in the purple hue, are very calming, the illustrations are sweet and they fit the story perfectly.

There are small colorful touches on each page from autumn leaves to small yellow birds. Seasons and time come and go from blizzards that nearly block out the house to a starry sky night.

It’s a wonderful book that would be perfect at bedtime.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Home by Carson Ellis (2015)

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and daycare centers will enjoy this for story time.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA

Date of review: March 19, 2017

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