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GOODBYE, OLD HOUSE

A joyful story about embracing change from a much-loved, award-winning team.

Honor Book: CBCA 2020 Awards, Book of the Year, Early Childhood

A “Must Read Book About Moving For Kids” Growing Book by Book


This is the last time I'll fish in this river ...
This is the last time I'll run through these trees ...
This is the last time I'll dream by this fire …
Goodbye, old house. Goodbye.

A heartwarming story of letting go and starting anew, of moving from the country to the city, with a unique illustration style that allows room and space for the reader's imagination.

Unlike most picture books about moving, this one has a distinctly upbeat vibe, thanks mainly to James’s striking illustrations... Details are childlike and relatable.” —Horn Book

“A great book to help readers of any age maneuver around feelings connected to saying goodbye and leaving favorite things behind, as well as their trepidation and excitement over what will be.”Rosie Camargo, Booklist

“I have a special fondness for this new little Australian import. Reading it, you can see why illustrator Ann James has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She imbues the main character with this marvelous, wild, frenetic energy. And the text is just so clever. It turns moving into a wondrous, exploring game.”  ―Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production / School Library Journal

“Moving house can be fun and not scary with the right attitude… Striking [and] pleasing… would… soothe a child anxious about a potentially traumatic experience.”Kirkus Reviews

“Ann James’ painted illustration gives warmth and neutrality to the places, meaning that readers can impose their own familiar ideas about home onto them... Simple and effective.”Book Trust

“Margaret Wild's minimal text combined with Ann James' muted story-telling illustrations leave plenty of room for the reader's imaginations. This heart-warming book offers a great starting point for opening up discussion about change...”Red Reading Hub

“Use this picture book as a helpful guide for children moving homes... teaches children that closure and new beginnings are part of the moving process.” Imagination Soup

“A lovely, sweet, picture book that will help prepare young kids for the possibility of moving… a simple-but-moving tale of transition and possibilities, is bibliotherapy at its best.” Richie’s Picks

ISBN: 9781736226452

Hardcover with Jacket

Full-Color Illustrations

Age Range: 3 to 7

Grade Range: Preschool to Grade 2

230L (AD)

Themes:  New Experiences, Moving, Emotions & Feelings

$17.95
8.8 x 10.8 inches, 32 pages
Publication Date: September 14, 2021

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