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A Grand Old Tree
Contributor(s): Depalma, Mary Newell
ISBN: 0439623340     ISBN-13: 9780439623346
Publisher: Arthur a Levine
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2005
Annotation: Once there was a grand old tree, whose roots sank deep into the earth and whose arms reached high into the sky. Every spring the grand old tree flowered and bore cherries for the squirrels and birds that made their homes in her leafy branches. And every year, seeds from the tree scattered in the wind, along with many millions of leaves. Mary Newell DePalma creates an emotional tale of life and renewal, of nature's bounty and quiet balance, illustrated with simple images made powerful with vivid colors and moving compositions.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Trees; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Trees & Forests
Dewey: 582.16
LCCN: 2004023407
Lexile Measure: 460
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 8.50" W x 0.25" (0.90 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 102444
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q38130
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Mary Newell DePalma is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Before Mary was a children's book author and illustrator, she knitted designer sweaters, interpreted for the deaf, and painted signs. Some of her hobbies include gardening, knitting, reading, and, of course, drawing! She has illustrated MY CHAIR, A GRAND OLD TREE, and THE NUTCRACKER DOLL for Arthur A. Levine Books. Mary lives in Boston with her husband and two children.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring)
In a few words and with bright il?ustrations, the life span of a (generic) deciduous tree is appreciatively outlined. The tree grows from seed to sapling, produces flowers and fruit, and becomes home and food for many animals, representing life's cycle from inception to natural death. This simple, accessible concept could generate further discussion. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 December #3)

With shades of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree , yet devoid of human interference, DePalma's (My Chair ) cycle-of-life tale will draw readers in with its breezy, whimsical illustrations and straightforward text. The chartreuse and kelly green tree at the center of the story moves through the seasons, bearing small red fruit and creating new life (e.g., "She had many children. They changed the landscape for miles around"). The large-canopied matron also supports a host of birds, squirrels and ladybugs, whose wide-eyed expressions add a comical touch that will likely enhance the book's appeal to the younger set. In one spread, red and blue-spotted ladybugs surf, slide and hang glide using the tree's fuchsia and orange falling leaves. The stylized shapes of the watercolor and torn-paper art emanate a carefree, childlike feel, while a gentle but matter-of-fact narrative marches the tale forward. The tree comes to her end in a poignant couple of spreads. "At last the grand old tree was very, very old. Her branches no longer swayed and danced.... Finally she fell, and snow gently covered her." DePalma skillfully keeps the bleakness at bay by recounting what the dead tree continues to provide (shelter, enriched soil) and reminding readers that the tree's legacy lives on in her descendants. Older readers may recognize and appreciate the metaphor for all life. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 December)

PreS-Gr 2 -The life cycle of a tree is introduced through deceptively simple text and art. DePalma's short, measured phrases turn facts about a tree's growth, "her" seasonal changes, and the home "she" provides to a variety of creatures into an ode to an often-overlooked part of the natural world. The fact that the tree is given a female persona makes "her" seem that much more alive than if "she" were an "it." "Her roots sank deep into the earth, her arms reached high into the sky." The art superbly complements the writing. The use of white space to set off the child-inspired illustration style allows the words to stand out and makes the entire design clear and crisp. The tree's demise on a winter evening is particularly striking. Perfect for storyhour and for beginning readers, this book will make a grand addition to most collections.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

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