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Our Tree Named Steve Hardcover – March 17, 2005
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A frequent guest on late night talk shows, Alan's theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play "700 Sundays", Martin Short's Broadway hit "Fame Becomes Me", and the off-Broadway play "Bunny Bunny - Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy" which he adapted from his best-selling book.
Other books by Alan are the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel "The Other Shulman", the popular children's book "Our Tree Named Steve", "North", a collection of short stories and essays titled "Clothing Optional, and the novel "Lunatics" that he co-wrote with Dave Barry.
Alan's humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. He has also penned two best selling e-books titled "From My Bottom Drawer: Vols. I and II".
The co-writer of the screenplays for the films "Dragnet", "North", and "The Story of Us", Alan has received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and because of the diversity of his body or work, in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alan is currently an executive producer on Showtime's documentary series "Inside Comedy" starring David Steinberg, is writing and producing a pilot for IFC, is awaiting publication of a forthcoming middle grade novel titled "Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain In My Ass" (Hyperion) that he co-wrote with Adam Mansbach, and is writing the book for a Broadway musical version of "Field of Dreams.
And in addition to the late night talk shows, on the TV screen he's also appeared in episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Law & Order".
But the production that Alan is most proud of is the family he's co-produced with his wife Robin; their children Adam, Lindsay and Sari; and their grandchildren Zachary, Alexis, Jordan and Kylie.
Top Customer Reviews
David Catrow was exactly the right person to design this book. His illustrations are a perfect balance of humor and pathos. I love the dog. Alan Zweibel is a gifted television comedy writer but this is his first children's book. He must be congratulated. He has crafted something quite wondrous and fine.
For those who don't know, Alan Zweibel is the best and funniest writer you've never heard of -- one of the original writers on Saturday Night Live, creator of Garry Shandling's show, writer of many books, movies, TV episodes...you've almost certainly laughed at his material more than a few times without ever knowing he wrote it.
This is his first foray into children's books, as far as I know, but he has succeeded admirably. One hopes he will continue to enrich this genre.
This book meant a lot to me because I had a climbing tree like Steve when I was growing up. My Steve aged over many years of Western New York winters. My parents ultimately had to pay a tree surgeon (I didn't know they existed either) to prolong the tree's life by a few more years. Now all that remains of the tree are memories. For me, this book captures all of what I remember of that climbing tree, and happy memories of growing up.
Alan Zweibel has done an amazing job of weaving together timeless themes in a new and touching package. This book is a must read!
This is the story of a tree; a very special tree that has a special impact upon the family who lives in his shade. It stands at the children grow and many wonderful memories are attached to this magnificent member of the family; and indeed, Steve the tree is a member of the family...have no doubt.
Through the years many happy memories are associated with this tree and to be frank, Steve's ultimate end in a storm does pack an emotional blow.
But all that being said, there are many, many wonderful messages in this little book. The meaning of family, the joys of nature and being involved with her, the ability of dealing with loss and the lesson of hope and renewal. While it is a sad story, the getting to the sad part is a pure joy. You will find yourself not only smiling quite often, but also actually laughing. The wonderful and quirky art work by David Catron is a pure joy to behold.
The text is written in the form of a letter from a father to his children who have obviously left home and started life on their own. The text is simple yet extremely profound and touching. Now I have lost several special trees in my life and the experience is quite like loosing a member of the family or beloved pet. The author catches the essence of this perfectly.
I personally don't feel this is the best of "bedtime" stories for the little one as they are bound to have Steve the tree on their minds, but as an overall read, it is one of the best.Read more ›
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I love this book because it touched my hearth deeply. It defines the relationships between a tree and a family. I read it every year to my class with our science lessons on plants. Read morePublished 3 days ago by luz
Love this book! Makes me cry every time I read it! Not sure why - the illustrations are charming!Published 4 days ago by puppymom
I am a teacher and I read this book to my students nearly every year for one reason or another. I cry almost every time! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
What a sweet book. My son asked me to read it to him almost every nightPublished 2 months ago by Ann
Recommended by a friend. Great book for preschoolers and older.Published 3 months ago by Melissa S.
Our son felt so happy reading this... wonderful art work and great life lesson.Published 4 months ago by krazydoc
a sweet story about life and trees. i look forward to reading this book to my preschoolers :)Published 6 months ago by blackbearcabin
This is one of my all time favorite books! The message is simple and sweet and easy for children to relate to. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elizabeth Shepard