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The Tree House That Jack Built Hardcover – May 27, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars 21 ratings

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2—One might suppose that this title is a riff on the cumulative rhyme of a similar name. Jack has built a tree house and is visited by a fly, lizard, and parrot, each dutifully invoked as the verse grows longer. Verburg has not left it at that, however. By the fourth page turn, she has inserted extra text. Readers are suddenly informed that Jack has assembled swings, a ladder, and a birdbath in the tree, but those real-estate enhancements are never mentioned again. The gathering of animals continues until the youngster declares it's storytime, reads a copy of this book aloud, watches the sunset, and just about everyone goes to bed. It's difficult to see the point of all this. Jack's tree appears to be a banyan, and most of the animals are tropical. The detail in Teague's color-saturated acrylics varies from one animal to the next. The frilled lizard's head is appropriately scaly, but the monkeys are far more cartoony. Jack, himself, is a redhead with a tabby cat and a shaggy sheepdog for pets. Of course, the conceit is pure fantasy, but the entire effort seems hastily thrown together.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

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*Starred Review* In this reworking of the familiar cumulative tale, young Jack lives with his menagerie of tropical animals in a fabulous tree house by the sea. He has built a fantastic construction of ladders, knotted swinging vines, thatched-roofed platforms, balconies, and swinging bridges into the trunk and boughs of a giant jungle tree. Verburg’s enjoyable text is perfectly paced as she introduces a grinning fly that is snapped at by a lizard that is pecked at by a parrot that is in turn swatted by a cat . . . until all the animals are brought up short by Jack’s ringing of a bell. It announces storytime, and then Good night to all the things Jack made, as he goes to sleep in his treetop hammock. Each acrylic spread is alive with brilliant colors and delightful pop-up-in-your-face figures, and imaginative details abound throughout: ingenious pulleys that lift pineapples, a fan operated by a bunny using a foot treadle, and a cascading triple birdbath. Teague weaves his magic into every scene, making this a delight for incipient Robinson Crusoes. Preschool-Grade 2. --Lolly Gepson

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Grade Level : Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0439853389
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0439853385
  • Product Dimensions : 9.5 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Publisher : Orchard Books (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 3 - 5 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    5.0 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
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