THE GYPSIES' TALE by Ethel Pochocki

THE GYPSIES' TALE

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Age Range: 5 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In their youth, the gypsy couple settles in a cottage by a cherry tree (``when they sat beneath it and the petals fell like April snow...they could hardly speak for the sudden beauty of it''). The crops are bountiful; they even share gladly with the birds. But the tree ages and its bounty diminishes until the wife urges her husband to chase the birds from a last meager crop; still, that winter, they feed the birds. Years later, leading them to a grove of young cherry trees, the birds show how they planted it, and the gypsies gather a fine harvest, from which they plant a new tree by their home. Nicely complementing the lyrical story, Kelly's well-crafted watercolors, set in a cozy long ago and far away, are gentle and expressive. A perfect antidote to the abusive relationship in Silverstein's The Giving Tree. (Picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-79934-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1994




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