House Held up by Trees

House Held up by Trees

Not Far From Here, I Have Seen A House Held up by the Hands of Trees, This Is Its Story

Book - 2012
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From Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser and rising talent Jon Klassen comes a poignant tale of loss, change, and nature's quiet triumph.

When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun. The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighboring lots, where thick bushes offered up secret places to play. When the children grew up and moved away, their father, alone in the house, continued his battle against blowing seeds, plucking out sprouting trees. Until one day the father, too, moved away, and as the empty house began its decline, the trees began their approach. At once wistful and exhilarating, this lovely, lyrical story evokes the inexorable passage of time -- and the awe-inspiring power of nature to lift us up.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763651077
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, J. - Illustrator


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Mar 15, 2016

This is a beautifully-illustrated book and a poignant tale about loss and nature and memories. But I can't get past that the story is based on scientific inaccuracies. Trees don't grow in a way that can lift up a house. They don't push upwards, but grow from the top and sides. Children shouldn't be taught things like this that are untruthful.

May 17, 2015

My five year old likes this story a lot. Not sure why. It is beautifully written but a bit melancholy for my taste. But the kid likes it! Maybe because it is about a "tree" house.?

forbesrachel Jun 27, 2013

Nature is amazing, when given the chance it can reclaim what it has lost. Some of the angles the artist uses adds great depth to a story with relatively little to portray. There is a slightly sombre note, for the house had to be abandoned before the forest could move back in, but because the trees raise up the house, it seems to suggest that the memories of that place are being honoured.


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May 17, 2015

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