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Our Tree Named Steve Paperback – February 15, 2007
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Grade 1-3–When a storm fells a favorite tree, Dad writes a letter to his children, who are visiting their grandparents, to tell them the bad news. He reminds them of the day the family surveyed the piece of land where their new home would be built. Trees had to be cleared, but this giant, dubbed "Steve" by the youngest who couldn't pronounce "tree," was spared. Through the years, Steve became the family swing, third base, laundry line, campground, and even a first love's trysting place. The pencil-and-watercolor cartoons feature Catrow's familiar round-faced children and their comical dog. They extend the spare text with many visual jokes. A cheery palette gives way to dark magenta and blue when the tree dies, a melancholy dog sprawled across its stump. Zweibel attempts to give the story a hopeful twist at the end, but, overall, it is a bittersweet and genuinely sad slice of life.–Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
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Zweibel and Catrow have created a faultless piece of bibliotherapy for children working through loss. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
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I chose this book because my son had purchased other books at the school book fair that had the same artwork and my son really loved the stories as well as the colorful and unique art. It has become a classic for my family. The story is simple but relatable and I think I love the story as much as he did back then. The narrator is a man, so I would read this story with a Carolina accent in a slow, deeper mans voice (sounding much like the guy (unnamed) from the Motel 6 commercials) I recommend this for any collection of books for those who keep books to pass on to other generations.