"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.