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News from Deborah Freedman, 
author & illustrator.
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Hello, Friends,

When I was a child, we never moved once. I’ve always felt lucky to have spent my entire childhood living in one comfortable house, where my parents still live. It was a 1960 ranch, nondescript, but with large windows that looked out onto a muddy pond that my brother, sister and I spent entire summers swimming in, along with frogs and the occasional turtle. Around the pond were woods full of mostly oak and maple trees that we walked or skied through regularly. Also on our acre was a fragment of a New England stone wall, a long pile of boulders and stones once heroically dragged up from the surrounding soil — a trace of enclosure or boundary, rock-solid evidence that the land had been settled long before we lived there — which was always fascinating to me.


I wasn’t consciously thinking of all that when I wrote the first draft of This House, Once, three years ago; in fact, the connection only just occurred to me. But I look at my latest book now and there it all is — the mud, the trees, the stones — all from my childhood backyard. Fitting, I suppose, since the book is, as one reviewer put it, about a house “dreaming about its own deconstructed past.” It’s funny, how memory works.

This House, Once is a bit different from my other books; the main character, if you can call it that, is a house. A house that remembers…
A house that dreams…
Can a house remember? Can a house dream?
What was your home, once?


xoDeborah
 
This door was once a colossal oak tree
about three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

 

 
These stones were once below, underground, deep asleep,
tucked beneath a blanket of leaves.

 
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THIS HOUSE, ONCE
Atheneum Books for Young Readers



★ On the Spring 2017 Kids' Indie Next List

“A blueprint for mindfulness and gratitude for the homes in which we...live.” — The New York Times Book Review
 
★ "Softly, poetically, an unseen narrator explores a house and what it is made of.... 
Tender, comforting, and complex."

— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "... drawn with exquisite precision and quiet dashes of humor, and it will leave children thinking about the way their own houses are an extension of the natural world, with “memories” of the resources used to bring them into existence."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Freedman has created a cozy offering to share that will spark curiosity... 
A lovely, ruminative selection.
School Library Journal, starred review

"Dreamy and imaginative."
– Booklist

 
THIS HOUSE, ONCE available 2/28
You are invited to a Book Celebration for THIS HOUSE, ONCE and SHY
at R.J.Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT on Saturday, March 4.

Register for this free event here.

Can't make it? Signed copies can be pre-ordered here.
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