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Leigh and her brother, Vin, remember playing with Grandad under their apple tree -- a tree that started out as a seed and then grew and grew. Just as the seasons go through their changes, so does the tree. But while the world around Leigh and Vin changes, they realize that some things -- like the love they have for Grandad -- never do. With a simple, gentle text and sensitive illustrations, here's a warm intergenerational story about the cycle of life.

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Overview

Leigh and her brother, Vin, remember playing with Grandad under their apple tree -- a tree that started out as a seed and then grew and grew. Just as the seasons go through their changes, so does the tree. But while the world around Leigh and Vin changes, they realize that some things -- like the love they have for Grandad -- never do. With a simple, gentle text and sensitive illustrations, here's a warm intergenerational story about the cycle of life.

The changing nature of their apple tree, as it grows and goes through the seasons, reminds Leigh and Vin of their grandfather, who is gone but lives on in their memories.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The story leads us on a symbolic circle--grandad's life through an apple tree's seasons. It begins at a full-grown apple tree with the children talking about their grandad. Each season of the tree is a season in their grandad's life. First he was a man, then a husband, next a father, and then a grandad. The soft illustrations gently lead the reader through grandad's life and then to his death. Delicately, the reader is reminded that people don't go away forever because of the memories that are left behind. The story ends back at the apple tree, where the children plant another seedling next to it in remembrance of their grandad. This book is a celebration of life more than anything else. It may help the very young understand aging, or it may help to cope with the loss of a loved one. 2000, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 8, $15.99. Reviewer: Lisa Hillstrom
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PreS-Gr 3-A gentle, thoughtful attempt to explain how loving memories of special people can endure long after they have died. Though it is successful in many regards, the narrative is a bit ambiguous. The story relates the thoughts of two African-American siblings as they recall playing with their grandfather under the apple tree throughout the seasons. Big brother Vin explains to Leigh that "that apple tree/will be there-/forever." But later he tells her that "sometimes things die,/like trees,/like people-/like Grandad." Still later he says, "But they don't go away/forever./They stay-/because/we remember." Young children may have some difficulty sorting out this message without adult intervention. Wilson's pastel illustrations are richly colored. Their scratchy texture lends an impressionistic tone, though the postures of the human figures and elements of facial expressions effectively convey the warmth of feeling between the children and their grandfather. A reassuring book for one-on-one sharing.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763608156
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.16 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    Very simply but interesting approach to life and death.

    If you have ever wondered how to explain to your child about life and death, here is a way to do it. The book is very simply put but very loving and considerate to children's needs. The illustrations are very beautiful. This book was shared with my son's kindergarten class during reading time. The first comment from the teacher was the cover was very attractive and appealing. I was very pleased with that because I am from Bermuda and know Sharon Wilson, the illustrator. My daughter was also used to model for the birthday scene. Our family is very proud to be associated with this book and wish the author and illustrator continued success.

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