- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 550 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Sterling Children's Books (March 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1454920718
- ISBN-13: 978-1454920717
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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“Christoph’s digitally rendered illustrations mimic watercolor, offering beautiful hues and visible, delicate brush strokes. . . . sure to inspire young arborists.” —School Library Journal
About the Author
Jamey Christoph’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and in several award-winning children’s books, including Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford (Albert Whitman). He works out of his 1920s home in Cleveland Heights, OH, with his crazy dogs, Owen and Jack.
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The text reads like poetry, with lyrical repetitions and rhythms that carry the reader along. Author Shira Boss crafts each line beautifully, making every word count. Teachers will notice how much there is to highlight in Up in the Leaves, beyond just the terrific story. The book is chock-full of lovely figurative language, including metaphors (“Each tree was its own world, every limb an adventure”), similes, personification, and even onomatopoeia (“whoosh, whoosh,” “clang, bang”). Boss's descriptions are beautiful, and they’re joyfully brought to life by illustrator Jamey Christoph. It’s a truly gorgeous looking book. Teachers – and parents – can also explore many important themes through this story: on being yourself, pursuing your dreams, using your imagination, and connecting with nature.
My daughter and I loved discussing this book – even talking about the beautiful language and what makes it so special and fun. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has or works with young children of any age. It is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, and is such a warm and lovely story. We’ll be enjoying Up in the Leaves in our home for many years to come!
This true story tells of Bob Redman, a kid in New York, who never felt at home between concrete, streets and buildings. Finding comfort and joy in climbing trees, he soon takes it a step further and begins to builds tree houses in Central Park. Each time, the tree houses are ripped down, but he builds again. His love for being in the trees continues for many years and blossoms into something much more.
I was personally touched by this story, since my own brother did much the same thing when we were growing up—almost the exact same thing. So, my kids and I might have a slightly different view on this book than many readers.
That this story stems from a true event, already draws in and adds a special dust of curiosity to young listeners. Bob's desire to climb trees is something easy to relate to, and that he does it in a park, adds to the excitement. There's a natural comfort and a sense of adventure as he climbs into the branches to hide away from the world time and again. Add the construction of tree houses from whatever he could find to the mix, and this is a real life adventure kids dream of doing themselves.
The illustrations come across as natural as the story, allowing the listener to sink into the scene. The tree houses add a touch of wonder and inspire listeners to imagine what their own house might look like.
The ending lacks the normal idea of goal chasing and determination, as Bob finds himself unsure of his future and slides into his future profession, which will hit some readers/listeners different than others.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed this so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.