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Is Was

Illustrated by Deborah Freedman
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Explore the connections found in nature in this simply stunning picture book that explores the idea of change, both big and small.

This sky is
the same sky that was blue,
and now is
spilling down in drips and drops…
until rainclouds pass…


Over the course of one day, a small child experiences the way the natural world changes from sun to rain and from day to night as things transform from is to was in this breathtaking book.

Photograph by Ben Ledbetter

Deborah Freedman once was a child who liked to swing on swings. Now, she is an author-illustrator of picture books for children. She lives in a colorful house in Connecticut, where, from her favorite writing chair, she has watched blooms, storms, and moons come and go. You can learn more about Deborah and her books—including Blue ChickenThe Story of Fish & Snail; Shy; This House, Once; and Is Was—at DeborahFreedman.net.

Photograph by Ben Ledbetter

Deborah Freedman once was a child who liked to swing on swings. Now, she is an author-illustrator of picture books for children. She lives in a colorful house in Connecticut, where, from her favorite writing chair, she has watched blooms, storms, and moons come and go. You can learn more about Deborah and her books—including Blue ChickenThe Story of Fish & Snail; Shy; This House, Once; and Is Was—at DeborahFreedman.net.

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 4, 2021)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534475113
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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