- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
- Series: Picture Puffin
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (September 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140546774
- ISBN-13: 978-0140546774
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once There Was a Tree (Picture Puffin) Paperback – September 1, 1992
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4 With its exquisite endpapers, elaborate picture borders and richly detailed oil paintings, Once There Was a Tree seems to hold great promise. But a ponderous narrative and a didactic conclusion mar the book's potential. The story focuses on a tree which is struck by lightning during a violent storm. A woodsman discovers the broken tree and saws it down to its stump. One by one, a beetle, ants, a bear, a titmouse, a frog and an earwig make the stump their own. But who really owns it? "Maybe the tree stump belongs to allthe beetles and the ants. . .and even the man. All must live together." The message is conveyed without subtlety; the narrative is further impaired by its rigidly sequential telling. Lacking both character development and any meaningful exchange between characters, the story falls flat. Indeed, children will wonder what happened to the bear when the bird came along, or to the bird when the frog took over. Devotees of the illustrated book will savor the elaborate design of this one, but the story's heavy theme (possibly due to its Russian origin) will limit its appeal to children. Anne E. Mulherkar, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English, Russian (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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the story of the cycle of a tree and the idea that
the earth belongs to everyone is such a good
message, I highly recommend it for its simplicity
and poetic style.