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Our Tree Named Steve Hardcover – March 17, 2005
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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!
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.
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Fantastic book for teaching narrative writing! The story is so cute and the kids loved it!Published 1 month ago by JPritch.
I highly recommend this book. It's a little sad but more cute and has a lot of meaning. I read this to the kids at my job and definitely going to get my own copy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cattie
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 5 months ago by luz
Love this book! Makes me cry every time I read it! Not sure why - the illustrations are charming!Published 5 months 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 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a sweet book. My son asked me to read it to him almost every nightPublished 8 months ago by Ann
Recommended by a friend. Great book for preschoolers and older.Published 8 months ago by Melissa S.
Our son felt so happy reading this... wonderful art work and great life lesson.Published 9 months ago by krazydoc