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Planting a birthday tree has enduring effects in this poignant tale of a roving boys link to nature — and the roots of his familys love.

When baby Jack arrives, his father and mother plant an apple seedling to honor his birth. As Jack grows taller, so does the tree. When Jack is happy, the tree limbs stand straight and proud. When he is cold, the leaves tremble on their stems. But one day Jacks parents awake to find his bed empty. When they see a gull perched atop the tree, they realize that their Jack has run away to sea. Paul Fleischmans lyrical prose and Barry Roots magical illustrations tell the story of a boys powerful connection to his family despite distance — and adds new meaning to the old custom of planting a birthday tree.

Review:

"New art gives readers an opportunity to revisit Newbery Medalist Fleischman's (Joyful Noise) debut book, originally published in 1979 with illustrations by Marcia Sewall. The setting is a rustic past, for which Root (The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup) evokes soft hills and wide skies with calm authenticity. A sailor and a wife have lost three sons to the sea; they move far inland, build a new house and, when a new son, Jack, is born, they plant an apple tree. The tree and Jack seem eerily linked: when Jack is ill, its leaves tremble; when Jack thrives, it does, too. Years later, when Jack leaves home in the night, the health of his tree and the type of bird that nests in it inform his parents that he, too, has gone to sea. Root's vignettes of the tree, the fields beyond it and the rough-hewn furniture that waits along with the sailor and his wife for Jack's return offer comfort — until lightning strikes the tree. The quiet hopes of the parents, the russets and golds of the landscape, the vulnerability of Root's figures and Fleischman's careful writing are the antithesis of the tall tale — yet they share its mythic dimension nonetheless. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Lyrical prose by Newbery Medalist Fleischman ("Joyful Noises: Poems for Two Voices") and magical illustrations by Root tell the story of a boy's powerful connection to his family despite distance and adds new meaning to the old custom of planting a birthday tree. Full color.

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About the Author

Paul Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for JOYFUL NOISE: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES and a Newbery Honor for GRAVEN IMAGES. Among his award-winning picture books are SIDEWALK CIRCUS, THE ANIMAL HEDGE, and WESLANDIA. He lives in Aromas, California.

Barry Root has illustrated many books for children, including THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP by Terry Farish. He lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763626044
Author:
Fleischman, Paul
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Illustrator:
Root, Barry
Author:
Root, Barry
Subject:
Family - New Baby
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Picture books for children
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.30x9.90x.30 in. .90 lbs.
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 40 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763626044 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "New art gives readers an opportunity to revisit Newbery Medalist Fleischman's (Joyful Noise) debut book, originally published in 1979 with illustrations by Marcia Sewall. The setting is a rustic past, for which Root (The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup) evokes soft hills and wide skies with calm authenticity. A sailor and a wife have lost three sons to the sea; they move far inland, build a new house and, when a new son, Jack, is born, they plant an apple tree. The tree and Jack seem eerily linked: when Jack is ill, its leaves tremble; when Jack thrives, it does, too. Years later, when Jack leaves home in the night, the health of his tree and the type of bird that nests in it inform his parents that he, too, has gone to sea. Root's vignettes of the tree, the fields beyond it and the rough-hewn furniture that waits along with the sailor and his wife for Jack's return offer comfort — until lightning strikes the tree. The quiet hopes of the parents, the russets and golds of the landscape, the vulnerability of Root's figures and Fleischman's careful writing are the antithesis of the tall tale — yet they share its mythic dimension nonetheless. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Lyrical prose by Newbery Medalist Fleischman ("Joyful Noises: Poems for Two Voices") and magical illustrations by Root tell the story of a boy's powerful connection to his family despite distance and adds new meaning to the old custom of planting a birthday tree. Full color.
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