This House, Once

This House, Once

Illustrated by: Deborah Freedman
For Ages: 4 - 8
“Tender, comforting, and complex.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Drawn with exquisite precision and quiet dashes of humor.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A lovely, ruminative selection.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“A blueprint for mindfulness and gratitude for the homes in which we…live.” —The New York Times Book Review


Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree—
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

What was your home, once?

This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481442848 | 
  • February 2017 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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About the Author

Deborah Freedman
Photograph by Ben Ledbetter

Deborah Freedman

Deborah Freedman was an architect once, but now she builds houses and worlds in picture books for children. She lives in Connecticut, in a colorful house near woods, a muddy river, and a large rock ridge. You can learn more about Deborah and her books—including Blue Chicken; The Story of Fish & Snail; Shy; and This House, Once—at DeborahFreedman.net.

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