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This House, Once — 16 Comments

  1. Beautiful, calm, peaceful…so many words to describe this book. Catches my eye as an adult…but not one that will keep kids engaged for long-depending on ages/grades that could vary. Did enjoy the ‘magic’ proclaimed throughout the story of homes around us. 4 stars…

  2. Soft and calm book, that does show most homes are made from many materials. Cute illustrations. But at the same time, I was very ambivalent toward it. I don’t think I would add it to my library in the classroom. I think that would be a lovely bedtime book read to a child by a parent instead of a book read to a whole group of students.

  3. Kids ask questions and I believe that this book would help them understand some of the parts of a house but it would encourage more questions from a curious reader. The fact that glass is made from sand and bricks are baked from mud might be new information. I loved some of the illustrations: the muddy frog jumping and reading nook under the stairs. I am glad this book is on the shelf.

  4. I had two words noted on this book, Simple and Big. It was a short story without a ton of details and it talked about how big things can be. I did like the play on words like “tucked/a blanket of leaves” and “high as the blue.” Discussion type words. Not my favorite, but beautiful pictures. ***

  5. What a beautiful book! The illustrations are definitely the selling point of this book. Would be fun to use in storytime and then have some of the elements discussed in the book to show on a small scale. I think it’s a good way to show children that things in their home may have come from nature and may inspire a new respect for natural elements. I do wish there was a bit more to the text, but I think the book could inspire a discussion about the children’s own homes. Four stars.

  6. My favorite part about the book was its simple text that matched the most beautiful illustrations. I would use this book to practice the comprehension strategy of asking questions.
    4 stars

  7. I liked this book and it’s simplicity. I would use this for my Social Studies unit on different types of dwellings and the different materials people use to build shelter.I liked the storyline’s progression part to whole showing what natural resources were used in building the house. I rate it a 4.

  8. Definitely a calming book. It lends itself to a very slow read, giving children time to ponder. Beautiful artwork, almost dream-like qualities. I could use this book, with science or social studies, as a springboard for natural resources lessons. I also could use it for natural resource use to build shelters. Personally, I would use it for my grandchildren. It’s a great read aloud at bedtime for sleepy children! 5 Stars

  9. Considering this is only the 3rd book I’ve read on the list it may be too early to make such a bold statement but I feel pretty confident that this is my favorite on the whole list. Wow is it ever stunning! Gorgeous prose and illustrations, I just love every bit of it. And how cool to introduce kids to this kind of thinking – where do things come from, what was it before what it is now? I would definitely use this in the curriculum, seems like it would be a perfect science book. I would also read this for storytime – lots of themes here to match up to. And it’s just an all-around great book for pleasure reading as well. What a rich book! 5/5 stars

  10. I like the premise of this book…thinking about where the pieces of our surroundings actually came from. But I don’t think that the way this book is crafted really supports examining that idea in an instructional setting. I think this is a nice, quiet book that could be lovely to read with a little one right before bed. The soft illustrations and sweet little animals would fit perfectly in that setting.
    2 stars

  11. I really didn’t care for this story or some of the illustrations. The theme of understanding where building materials come from is a good one, but it could have been written and presented better.

  12. Easy to read alone or aloud. A good book to initiate thinking of where things come from. What natural elements are transformed to provide us with things we need/want. Helps to teach a respect and appreciation for our world. The text seems calming and inviting. ****

  13. The illustrations were so soft and cute. I like the pencilPete font; it really went well with the soft illustrations. There really was no story; in fact, I question whether some of the sentences were even complete. I don’t think I would use this in my classroom, but it would be fine in the library.

  14. This was an okay book. I liked how it showed what a house can be made from, and how those things come from nature. It was a little to simple for me to use during a lesson, but would put it out for independent reading. I give it 3 stars.

  15. This is a cute book, but very simple with very little text. I liked the first few pages, but there wasn’t much to it after that. I don’t think I’d use this one.
    3/5 stars

  16. This was good, but fairly simple. There is not much text, but more in the illustrations. I would use this with students as a read aloud, maybe on earth day. Talking about all the different ways we use our earth to build things, but also how it important to preserve trees, plants, rivers, etc.
    I would rate this 3 stars

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