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House Held Up by Trees Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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—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.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Of course, followers of Kooser's work through the decades might read this new book as an offshoot of Kooser's earlier family memoir, Lights on a Ground of Darkness: An Evocation of a Place and Time. Anyone who knows Kooser's poetry and especially his family memoir immediately will recognize his voice within these new pages so beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen.
Kooser wrote the earlier Lights on a Ground at the point when his own family was vanishing and their familiar haunts were fading. No, none of his family had a house consumed by trees, but Kooser makes it clear in his memoir that our human lives and our favorite family stories are woven through the places we love.
He opens the memoir with a poem to his late mother, Vera Delores Moser Kooser: "Mid April already, and the wild plums bloom at the roadside, a lacy white against the exuberant, jubilant green of new grass and the dusty, fading black of burned-out ditches. No leaves, not yet ...Read more ›
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Ted Kooser’s House Held Up by Trees, illustrated by Jon Klassen, is a visually beautiful children’s book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristen Arciaga
The minimalistic quality of the pictures and text, as well as the story itself create a haunting, mysterious feel. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Yarfish
Hard cover book, nice illustrations. Ted Kooser, what more could you want. Fast delivery, great condition.Published 18 months ago by Inquisitive mother
One of my favorite books. It reminds me of my youth and growing up with nothing around.Published 21 months ago by Kari A. Delaney
A wonderfully written book with muted and warm illustrations that perfectly pair with the House Held Up By Trees. Read morePublished on August 6, 2014 by JD Corrigan