MEMORIAL

MEMORIAL

by Gary Crew, Shaun Tan
     
 

When soldiers return from World War I, in 1918, a memorial tree is planted... lest we forget! But generations later, what do those who pause in the shadow of the tree's immense branches remember?A perfect gift for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day, this book also teaches about trees as living memorials and can be used all year round in different contexts. Written by…  See more details below

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When soldiers return from World War I, in 1918, a memorial tree is planted... lest we forget! But generations later, what do those who pause in the shadow of the tree's immense branches remember?A perfect gift for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day, this book also teaches about trees as living memorials and can be used all year round in different contexts. Written by internationally acclaimed children's choice author Gary Crew and illustrated by Shaun Tan, winner of the 1998 Crichton Award for Children's Book Illustration.

Author Biography: Gary Crew was born in 1947 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and began writing fiction—mostly teenage, young adult fiction—in 1985. He has twice been awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award (for Strange Objects, 1991, and Angel's Gate,1993). Gary has also been twice shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Fiction Award for Youth in the U.S. and awarded the American Children's Book of Distinction Award. He also won the Ned Kelly Prize for Crime Fiction. He has twice won the CBC Book of the Year in the picture book category. He is the series editor of Lothian's After Dark series of macabre tales. His books are published internationally.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A conversation among an unnamed boy, his great-grandfather, grandparents, and parents reveals a sense of community and remembrance that grew up around a statue and fig tree planted when Australian soldiers returned from the First World War. Each man in the family participated in a different war and shares memories of returning home afterward. The protagonist's inquisitiveness turns to idealistic outrage when local officials propose removing the tree since its roots are lifting the pavement ("bitumen" in Australia), causing a traffic hazard. The boy believes that the tree is as much a memorial as the statue, and that it houses animals and plants that are valuable to the town. An aura of sadness and pessimism pervades the story: the boy's great-grandfather says, "They'll beat you, son. The big boys will beat you every time. They'll chop you to bits-." The town council does take down the tree, but the youngster is consoled by reflecting on his great-grandfather's opinion that it is people's fighting spirit that is remembered in the end. Detailed, engrossing, multimedia collages draw in readers and hint at hard war times, warm family times, and stages in the life of the tree and in the community. It's undeniably a powerful package, but one that will have a hard time finding its audience; middle-school art and social-studies teachers may be the key to its success.-Ellen Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780850919837
Publisher:
Lothian Books
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.08(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.34(d)

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