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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Deep in the woods there used to be a house where a family once lived. Over there was the chimney. Just imagine little toes warming up beside it. And see those daffodils? Someone took special care to plant and tend to them so that every spring they blossomed as brightly as the year before.

Both the house and the family are gone now, but if you go to that spot in the woods, y

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A little girl goes into the woods with her parents. When they stop she looks on the ground and finds some old things in the ground. The story then shows us the house that used go be there and we look into this families lives. This was a melancholy story but I liked it despite it giving you a sad feeling of time passing and how one day families will grow old and homes and memories will disappear.

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Linda Lipko
Jerry Pinkney is one of my favorite illustrators. His talent is incredible! And, this book is no exception to his stellar artistry. Coming upon a chimney, made of stone with flowers grown round, a young girl and her parents wonder who lived in the edifice during the years of history. The author allows the reader to journey with her as we imagine the people who sat on the porch singing Amazing Grace, as chicken is frying in the pan. Upstairs, a young girl is brushing her long hair. And as the day ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mom, Dad and daughter are hiking the spring forest byways, when they discover a naturalized daffodils "a yellow splash brighter than sunlight, or lamplight, or butter, in the green and shadow of the woods." With the discovery of a vine-covered chimney, a doll's arm and other bits & pieces of a time gone by, they know that someone lived here once, in a home -- once, and that they lived rich and different lives. Crescent Dragonwagon's poetic narrative is evocative and mysterious--her words conjure ...more
Elizabeth Lancaster
A young girl goes to explore the forest. While there, her family finds the remains of an old house. She examines the traces of the family that used to live there.

I enjoyed the poetic nature of the writing but I think it might make it more difficult for young children to grasp at first. The illustrations were beautiful. I didn't really love the story of the book.

This would be a would be a good way of introducing students to poetic writings. It would also be a great way to show students some di
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story! I really enjoy books that reminisce. It reminded me of a time I found the foundation and chimney of an old, old house from the 1800s in the woods by my dad's home. It is fun to wonder about the family who once lived in these old home remnants.
Margaret Boling
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
9/26/2016 ** Some of my students recently went on a hike, so I decided to choose a book that connected with their field trip. I love how this story intertwines two tales - the modern girl who found ruins, and the story she imagines about the family who might once have lived there.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pic-books
I liked the idea but not the actual story. Not enough focus on being observant and noticing clues from which the inferences can follow.

Who's the target audience?

"And if there was a house, ..."
Was the grammar error intentional?
While out hiking, a family comes upon the site of an old house and finds some clues about the people who once lived there.
Ariel Rudicel
This is such a heart warming story. It Made me tear up a bit! Great illustrations as well!
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the premise of this book was good. People need to stop and think about the past and if there were historical events that happened where they stand. Illustrations were excellent!
I just didn't like this -- far too strange a concept presented in far too strange a way for younger children. And boy do those pages drag on! I get that it's meant to be "lovely," but it's one of those stories that feel self-consciously lovely. Difficult concepts and flowery language are difficult to do for children, but it can be done. It's not done well here.
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Crescent Dragonwagon is the daughter of the writers Charlotte Zolotow and the late Hollywood biographer Maurice Zolotow. She is the author of 40 published books, including cookbooks, children's books, and novels. With her late husband, Ned Shank, Crescent owned the award-winning Dairy Hollow House, a country inn and restaurant in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for eighteen years. She teaches writing co ...more

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