Our Tree Named Steveby Alan Zweibel, David Catrow (Illustrator)
After the family spares him from the builders, Steve the tree quickly works his way into their lives. He holds their underwear when the dryer breaks/i>
Dear Kids, A long time ago, when you were little, Mom and I took you to where we wanted to build a house. . . . I remember there was one tree, however, that the three of you couldn’t stop staring at. . . .
After the family spares him from the builders, Steve the tree quickly works his way into their lives. He holds their underwear when the dryer breaks down, he’s there when Adam and Lindsay get their first crushes, and he’s the centerpiece at their outdoor family parties. With a surprising lack of anthropomorphizing, this is a uniquely poignant celebration of fatherhood, families, love, and change.
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Alan Zweibel lives in Los Angeles, California. David Catrow lives in Springfield, Ohio.
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My mom and I read this book and I liked it. My mom thought it was a good book to read when a pet dies, or something familiar changes, to help kids see that our memories help things live on. I wondered why the tree broke down? The pictures were also good.
Kids liked it. I think partly because I love this story so much. We always had fun pointing the dog's actions out to each other :) . Easy to do crafts with this title as well.
This is a very fun book, both in story and in illustration. My kids loved it. The story is sweet, silly and sad, but has a happy ending. The illustrations are funny, so my kids wanted to stop and look at every page in detail. If you have ever endured the loss of something that was important to you, you will be able to empathize with this family. Yet they make the best of their loss and create a way to enjoy 'Steve' for many more years. This book should definitely be a part of any picture book library. It has both substance and entertainment value. It's one of the best books for young kids (2-10) we have read in quite a while.