Though there’s a family involved, the real star of this multilayered modern parable is a plot of land...the artwork initially functions as stoic background for the story, with wide-angle perspectives filled with plenty of open space and muted colors. But in the second part, as the trees take over, Klassen’s compositions command more and more attention, elbowing the text into the periphery and subtly reinforcing the themes in play... Unfolding with uncommon grace, the environmental heart of this story is revealed obliquely but powerfully.
—Booklist (starred review)
The former poet laureate Ted Kooser’s HOUSE HELD UP BY TREES is a lyric, poetic story, stark but also imbued with a haunting beauty…Jon Klassen’s illustrations are quiet, delicate and nuanced, amplifying the text in fresh, original ways through the use of unexpected angles and perspective.
—The New York Times
Poignant and lovely.
Ted Kooser, the United States Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems Delights & Shadows. He is the author of twelve full-length volumes of poetry and several books of nonfiction, and his work has appeared in many periodicals. Bag in the Wind, illustrated by Barry Root, was his first picture book. Ted Kooser lives in Garland, Nebraska.
Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back. The first picture book he illustrated, Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, won the Governor General's Award for illustration in his native Canada. Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.
The minimalistic quality of the pictures and text, as well as the story itself create a haunting, mysterious feel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yarfish
Very sweet book, I'm not sure why there are negative remarks about the way it is written. My 5 year old and I enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lisa Dyan Grigg
Hard cover book, nice illustrations. Ted Kooser, what more could you want. Fast delivery, great condition.Published 6 months ago by Inquisitive mother
I bought this for my grandaughter but didn't give it to her. Great story but meant for a much older person, more for an adult really. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JRVanB
One of my favorite books. It reminds me of my youth and growing up with nothing around.Published 9 months ago by Kari A. Delaney
I bought this for my grandson, but loved it so much I kept it for myself. It a sweet wonderful thoughtful book told in a few words with beautiful illustration. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cynthia Bowen