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"The title, used very effectively as a refrain throughout the book, emphasizes that change is hurrying us along much faster than we want to go."—The New York Times

"…it's a rare thing: a book about generations and growth that doesn't come across as preachy."—Publishers Weekly

"A great book to use as a tie-in to environmental units as well as multicultural connections."—School Library Journal

"Groundwood adds yet another superior title to their long list of imaginative picture books. An accidental kind of learning occurs when reading Out of the Way! Out of the Way! — and isn't that the best kind?"—CM Magazine

"The message to stop and smell the roses (or enjoy the tree) comes through effectively as spreads become more and more saturated with imagery that crowds out the white space."—Kirkus

"One day a boy spotted something small and green in the middle of the path.
'A baby tree,' he said.
He took some rocks and put them all around it.
'Hey, you,' called a mango seller, hurrying past. 'Out of the way, out of the way!'"
— from the book

About the Author

Uma Krishnaswami’s inspiration for this book came from her memory of planting a mango seed as a child and seeing it grow into a tree, and also from a news story about people who planted trees in potholes. She has written many children’s books, from picture books to middle grade readers to retellings of classic tales and myths, including Bringing Asha Home (CCBC Choices), The Happiest Tree (Paterson Prize finalist, CCBC Choices, Bank Street College Best Books), Naming Maya (IRA Notable Books for a Global Society) and Chachaji’s Cup (Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Bank Street College Best Books). Her latest middle grade novel, The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, published by Atheneum, received starred reviews in Kirkus and School Library Journal. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is an active blogger. Krishnaswami was born in New Delhi, India, and now lives in Aztec, New Mexico.

Uma Krishnaswamy divides her time between illustrating picture books and teaching art to young adults. She has illustrated many books, including A Dollop of Ghee and A Pot of Wisdom, Dancing on Walls and The Boastful Centipede and Other Creatures in Verse. She enjoys mixing styles of art from all over the world, but her main inspiration comes from the rich art and craft tradition of India. Her illustrations in Out of the Way! Out of the Way! are a blend of different folk styles. “I think the end result is a happy mix of black and white and colour, which reflects the beauty, chaos and confusion that is India,” Krishnaswamy says. She lives in Chennai, India.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554981301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554981304
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Uma Krishnaswami is the author of many books for children. She is also on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

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This story is about the life of a tree. As the world evolves around the tree, the tree just stands there and lives it's life. I really appreciate the fact that the author shows the world changing. I also like the fact how the author connects this story to our daily life. It is weird how the kid's life is wound up with the tree's life. Both of their lives are intertwined like a DNA strand. It wasn't planned or anything like that, it just happened. I would highly recommend this book if you like realistic fiction.
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By Perla Cubana on February 24, 2013
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7 year-old grandson reads it on his own and enjoys the story. 4 year-old granddaughter was not interested after first reading.
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