Jack and Jill's Treehouse

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This is the wood that was hauled up to the branch that held the treehouse that Jack and Jill built.

From hammering the first boards of wood to hanging the roof and the light, come follow along with Jack and Jill as they build a new treehouse!

Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole's delightful cumulative read-aloud applauds busy young creators everywhere.

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Overview

This is the wood that was hauled up to the branch that held the treehouse that Jack and Jill built.

From hammering the first boards of wood to hanging the roof and the light, come follow along with Jack and Jill as they build a new treehouse!

Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole's delightful cumulative read-aloud applauds busy young creators everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Children will appreciate the special kids-only place and celebration of youthful creativity, collaboration, and accomplishment.”
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Edwards and Cole have teamed up in the past to produce solid, enjoyable picture books. In this case, the text is a variation of the well-known cumulative tale "This is the house that Jack built." In this case, it is a young Jack and his friend Jill who are building a treehouse where eventually they will spend the night, camping out. The text runs alongside the illustration in each spread. Cole's soft-edged color pencil drawings do much to flesh out the story. On the page that tells us "This is the floor/that was made from the wood/ that was hauled up to the branch"—young readers can talk about exactly how the two youngsters went about their construction. Some will certainly delight in the detail that shows two robins building a nest on the same branch. At the same time, this book can be used to reinforce literacy skills. The strong repetitive structure of the text as well as that of the graphic layout makes this accessible to emergent readers. As each element is introduced in the first line, key words like floor, wood and branch are printed in yellow and illustrated by a rebus drawing. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- This gentle, cumulative tale follows two children from the early planning stages of a tree house to its completion. On a winter's day, Jack and Jill scope out the ideal tree branch on which to build. By the next page, spring has arrived, and the kids have started construction. Their progress is mirrored by two robins who are piecing together their own abode. Step by step, the children add the floor, the roof (a brightly patterned quilt placed over rope), the light (a flashlight), the table, the treats, and the friends. At story's end, the robins, who have completed their nest, and other birds sing the youngsters to sleep as they camp out in the cozy construction. The story ends on a triumphant note: "Hooray for the treehouse that Jack and Jill built!" Color, spirit, and a sense of satisfaction fill the soft illustrations, which depict idyllic days spent in outdoor amusement. The large images lend themselves well to group sharing, and the text includes small rebus pictures of each added item, allowing listeners to chant along. This is a book to be relished by youngsters who dream of their own tree houses, or any other project achieved through hard work and enjoyed at leisure.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Kirkus Reviews
The Jack and Jill of Edwards's cumulative tale fetch not a pail of water but lumber; they are building a tree house. Then they fetch a whole lot more: an old quilt for a roof, a flashlight for nighttime illumination, a box for a table and treats to eat, all of which attracts friends for a visit and birds to serenade them to sleep. Each new item heralds a new line: "These are the treats / that were piled high on the table / that sat under the light / that hung from the roof / that was raised over the floor . . . " Minus any lyricism (yet with a new, compacted spelling of "treehouse"), the text precludes a read-aloud with much swing, though it does possess a chugging, chanting dignity. Cole's artwork, however, should keep readers' eyes dancing, from the scene-setting, page-and-a-half, pastel-fresh spreads, with their diverting incidental activities, to the natty, pen-and-ink rebus-like images that follow upon each cumulative line. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060090777
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.

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