1.06.2011

Leafy City: The Tree

The TreeMom says:
Following the 250 year story of a single elm tree in the center of New York City, The Tree is a science and history book all rolled into one.  The story begins with the bursting of a seedpod, which finds its way, via a chipmunk cheek into the ground, where, in 1756 it begins to sprout. The first several pages focus on the animals, weather and natural environment that provide conditions for the growth of the tree. Later as more and more people enter into the environment, they begin to leave their mark (literally and figuratively) on the tree. The story emphasizes the intermingling of human existence -- death, war, growth, circuses (that's a major part of human life, right?) -- with the evolution of nature. Each double page spread displays the growing time line of the evens which affected the elm tree and their are extensive Historical Notes at the end of the book.

Big Kid says: Is that tree still there?

7 comments:

Jenny said...

Thanks for blogging about this book- I've been looking for books to illustrate the passage of time to lay the foundation for some history studies later on. I've ordered this to go along with The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. :-)

Debbie Diesen said...

I love the colorful cover, and it sounds like a terrific book.

And now I'm also curious about whether that tree is still there!

Callie said...

I want to check this book out! I also love Big Kid's comment.

Pen and Ink said...

Thank you. I am always on the lookout for wonderful picture books/ I am the Susan member of Pen and Ink. My last "First Line" post had 10 first lines from picture books. http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/first-line-answers.html
The answers will be up next week. I think I will be getting some first lines from you. As a former New Yorker, I appreciate your focus

Raising a Happy Child said...

I am adding this book to our growing reading list too - thanks for sharing.

Ellen said...

that sounds fantastic.

Iron Guy Carl said...

This book looks really interesting and I'll see if our library has it! BTW, I'm Carl from the Boys Rule Boys Read! blog and I found you through your comment about boys and reading on MS. Yingling's blog. When you son gets old enough for chapter books, send him over to the Boys Rule Boys read blog. It has lots of links to good books for boys. Also, check out the companion blog, Boys Rock Boys Read! and especially our lists of Books All Boys Should Read.
Thanks!

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