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House Held Up by Trees
 
 
Author
Ted Kooser. Jon Klassen, illus.
Publisher Candlewick  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780763651077
Pages/Publication Date 32/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29738
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(A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2012) When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn. The father who lives there means to keep it that way, diligently plucking up every little tree seedling that takes root, even though the children in the house run to the fragrant trees growing wild in the adjacent lots. But nature is nothing if not persistent, and after the children grow up and leave, and then the father too moves away, the trees resume in earnest, growing up around and under the empty house, slowly carrying it aloft. Jon Klassen, who gave us the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book I Want My Hat Back and the 2013 Caldecott Medalist This Is Not My Hat, takes a more elegant approach here, setting former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's wistful story for all ages with transparent, seed-speckled watercolors of austere grace.

"A lyric, poetic story, stark but also imbued with a haunting beauty.... Jon Klassen's illustrations are quiet, delicate and nuanced, amplifying the text in fresh, original ways through the use of unexpected angles and perspective."NYTimes

"Though there's a family involved, the real star of this multilayered modern parable is a plot of land.... The artwork initially functions as stoic background for the story, with wide-angle perspectives filled with plenty of open space and muted colors. But in the second part, as the trees take over, Klassen's compositions command more and more attention, elbowing the text into the periphery and subtly reinforcing the themes in play."Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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