Little Tree

Little Tree

by E. E. Cummings, Deborah Kogan Ray

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In a warm and touching poem, e.e. cummings describes the wonder and excitement of a young brother and sister who find a little tree on a city sidewalk and carry it home, where they adorn it with Christmas finery.See more details below

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In a warm and touching poem, e.e. cummings describes the wonder and excitement of a young brother and sister who find a little tree on a city sidewalk and carry it home, where they adorn it with Christmas finery.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A simple celebration of Christmas by the well-known poet. ``little tree/ little silent Christmas tree/ you are so little/you are more like a flower.'' Carried away from the forest, the little tree is adorned by the shining ornaments that have been tucked away in a dark box all year long. And when it's lit ``there won't be a single place dark or unhappy.'' In wistful strokes of pencil and crayon, Ray gently interprets the poem with a matching mood of awe and joy: two children carry the scrawny tree away from a city street corner into the house, dress it up with pride and display it to an urban crowd from a glowing brownstone window. Ages 5-9. (October)
Children's Literature
The entire text of cummings' 1925 poem about a little tree which is cherished by some children as a Christmas tree forms the basis of Raschka's retelling and is reprinted as an opener. Raschka tells the story from the tree's point of view as he wonders where he is going, rides the truck and train to a "little big city." There a family finds him on a sidwalk and take him home, up the little elevator, where they decorate him in their little apartment and he glows and shines. It's the kind of book that makes a child sigh with contentment and the illustrations are a triumph of triangles and other patterned shapes to represent forests, cities, exteriors and interiors, and the childlike drawings of the people. Greens dominate with plenty of other colors to make this fun for close-up looking but a little too complicated to share well in large groups. All in all, it's a beautiful contribution to the literature of Christmas and brings to light a poem not familiar to many children and rarely anthologized. 2001, Hyperion, $16.99. Ages 3 up. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Inspired by cummings's poem, which is presented in its entirety at the beginning of this beguiling book, Raschka's story echoes and expands on its themes of families and belonging. Delicate tiny vignettes decorate the text pages, which face full-page illustrations. Loose, geometric lines, skewed multiple perspectives, and childlike representations of people characterize these intricate, energetic watercolors. The story takes the little tree from his faraway forest home, via a little truck and a little train, "past the farms and little towns to the little big city," where he is purchased by a loving little family. In an engaging sideline, Santa appears in small scenes pulling on his boots, skiing, listening to music, and drinking a glass of wine at a caf . Final pictures reinforce the connection between the poem and the story. Visually, and as a simple, sweetly old-fashioned read-aloud, Little Tree embodies the warm sense of love and belonging that for many defines the true meaning of Christmas.-S. P. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Dragonfly Bks.
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

About the Author
e.e. cummings was one of the most preeminent American poets of the 20th century. He died in 1962.
About the Illustrator
Deborah Kogan Ray's work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and collections, and she is the author/illustrator of many books for children.

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