The Old House is lonely. No one has lived in it for a long time. When people pass by they make such comments as "Did you ever see such an unhappy old house?" and "You'd have to be crazy to live in such an old heap!" People had even said "The only thing to do with that dump is to knock it down!" Hearing such comments just made the house more depressed despite all the friends who tried to cheer him up. Then one day a family walked by and the old house knew this was meant to be his family. Would the family see past the unpainted walls, broken shutters and crooked porch? Would they see the inner beauty and loving house underneath? Henry Cole provides beautiful illustrations for this touching story. The house truly shows its emotions. Hopefully children will read this story and realize that it applies to people as well as houses. You shouldn't judge someone by what is on the outside. Appearances aren't everything.