I HAVE AN OLIVE TREE by Eve Bunting

I HAVE AN OLIVE TREE

Age Range: 4 - 10
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Both language and image are gorgeous in this affecting story of generations from Bunting (Some Frog!, 1998, etc.) and Barbour. When Sophia is seven, her grandfather gives her the olive tree that lives on the land their family once owned on a tiny island in faraway Greece. The next year, just before he dies, he gives Sophia the honey-colored beads that were her grandmother’s, and asks her to hang them in her olive tree. Sophia and her mother make the journey from California to Greece, and then to the island, and Sophia describes what she sees and hears, e.g., her mother, reading aloud the names of the Greek shops “as if she liked the sound of them in her mouth”; sheep that bleat just like American sheep; the sound of the bouzouki playing. Bunting makes the strangeness of the journey and Sophia’s growing understanding of her family history palpable, and Sophia’s feelings when she places the beads in the ancient tree are complex but clear in a way that children will understand. The colors and shapes owe something to Chagall, and the sun-drenched blues and yellows, purples and violets recall Mediterranean folk pottery in the intensity of the color and the abstract, gestural line. The double-page opening of Sophia and her mother before the olive tree vibrates with emotion—a passionate marriage of word and text. (Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: May 31st, 1999
ISBN: 0-06-027573-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1999




MORE BY EVE BUNTING

AdultA PICNIC IN OCTOBER by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting
AdultBLACKWATER by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting
AdultA PERFECT FATHER'S DAY by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenUNDER THE CANOPY by Iris Volant
by Iris Volant
ChildrenTHE OLIVE TREE by Elsa Marston
by Elsa Marston