In the Piney Woodsby Schotter, Kimberly Bulcken Root
Long before Ella was born, her grandpa, “strong and straight and singing,” built a little house at the edge of the piney woods. Once this house was roomy. Now it’s packed tight with Ella, and her family, and Grandpa, old now – his body “bent like the branches of/b>
Nothing lasts forever – in families or in the piney woods
Long before Ella was born, her grandpa, “strong and straight and singing,” built a little house at the edge of the piney woods. Once this house was roomy. Now it’s packed tight with Ella, and her family, and Grandpa, old now – his body “bent like the branches of the low pines.” Ella loves the secrets that Grandpa shows her in the woods: how the sticky cones of the dwarf pitch pines stay locked up tight, “waiting,” as Grandpa tells her, for the heat from a fire that will allow them to open and release their seeds. “Everything has its time,” says Grandpa.
This spirited picture book, with evocative watercolors that capture the depth of feeling between Ella and Grandpa, tells a powerful story that is as much a celebration of life as it is an honest, reassuring book about aging and death.
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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- 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Roni Schotter’s picture books include Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Kimberly Bulcken Root has illustrated many popular picture books. She lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
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Kimberly Bulcken Root's sun washed paintings aptly illustrate this poignant and powerful story of the very special relationship between a young girl and her grandfather. Our tale opens long before Ella, the narrator, was born. She tells of when her grandfather was young, strong enough to build a small house by the piney woods and the sea. Now, her grandfather is old. When she was little he helped her walk; now she helps him walk because together they love to roam the pine barrens. It is during these times that they play together, pretending to be trees. It is also when he teaches her about seeds and pine cones, repeating the immortal phrase, "Everything has its time." More than a view of the love shared by Ella and her grandfather, In The Piney Woods is also a reflection of the joys of family life as the house is happily shared by Mama, Papa, Big Sister Sada, and her husband Sam. Sada is expecting a baby in the summer, and the world will be different. Ella and young readers (5 years and up) learn that nothing stays the same.