SOMEDAY A TREE by Eve Bunting

SOMEDAY A TREE

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The team who collaborated on The Wall (1990) and Fly Away Home (1991, both ALA Notables) takes on another contemporary issue in a story about a beloved tree, an ancient oak, succumbing to pollutants. Alice describes the tree's importance to her family--not just a favorite picnic spot but the site of events like her christening. When Alice notices a "funny" smell, withering grass, and leaves falling (it's spring), a tree doctor is summoned; she reports that the tree has been poisoned, perhaps by illegal dumping. Neighbors pitch in for a rescue effort involving spraying, sunscreens, laborious soil replacement, and more whimsical gestures like get-well cards and chicken soup, but to no avail; even Mom weeps. Still, with youthful hope, Alice plants some acorns she gathered while the tree was still healthy. Deliberately poignant but more plausible and skillfully written than most of the recent spate of consciousness-raising books about trees; Himler's sensitive, evocative watercolors make a fine complement to the lyrical, perceptive text. (Picture book. 4-8)
Pub Date: March 22nd, 1993
ISBN: 0-395-61309-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1993




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