Regarding the Trees: A Splintered Saga Rooted in Secrets

Overview

Principal Walter Russ just wants a simple proposal to trim the overgrown trees outside Geyser Creek Middle School. So how does he end up with a wedding (rather than a weeding) proposal from designer Florence Waters? Meanwhile, a student camps out in a weeping willow tree behind the school; the sixth-grade class explores its roots; and a culinary rivalry develops in the cafeteria. A surprise event saves the day (and the ...

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Overview

Principal Walter Russ just wants a simple proposal to trim the overgrown trees outside Geyser Creek Middle School. So how does he end up with a wedding (rather than a weeding) proposal from designer Florence Waters? Meanwhile, a student camps out in a weeping willow tree behind the school; the sixth-grade class explores its roots; and a culinary rivalry develops in the cafeteria. A surprise event saves the day (and the trees, too)!
     Includes tips on planting a tree and creating a family tree.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Consistently clever and often hilarious, this and its series mates may well become perennial favorites with young readers."—Kirkus Reviews
"Filled with humor and whimsical characters . . . Witty wordplay abounds."—Booklist
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Readers with patience, and perhaps a penchant for detail, may appreciate this latest offering from the author and illustrator of Regarding the Fountain (Avon, 1998) and Regarding the Sink (Harcourt, 2004). While the principal is simply looking for someone to trim some trees at Geyser Creek Middle School, a misunderstanding and clever rhetorical spin-offs take readers on a winding journey that includes every leafy pun imaginable. Add an Italian chef and a marriage proposal, and you have a one-of-a-kind plot waiting for that unique reader willing to take the time to unravel this clever book. Each page is painstakingly laid out in scrapbook form as the story unfolds with letters, newspaper columns, even packing envelopes. Some children may find the variety of wacky fonts and page styles difficult to navigate, and the quaint cover depicting a large party taking place under a tree does nothing to add to the book's appeal.-Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The doyennes of the double meaning offer a third visit to the Missouri hamlet of Geyser Creek, whose residents are now regarding two crises. One is middle-school Principal Wally Russ's "Proposal" to Flo Waters, which he supposes is only to cut down a century-old weeping willow to save his job (she thinks otherwise); the other a bitter culinary rivalry between the Geyser Creek Cafe's Angel Fisch and Chef Angelo of newly opened Caffe Angelo that has blossomed into a town-wide split between the sexes. As in previous episodes, these and other intertwined plotlines are entirely leafed out through letters, memos, newspaper reports and ads, archival documents and chalkboard notes, all printed in various typefaces with the occasional ink-and-wash vignette grafted in. Led by crusading classmate Minnie "Ax not! It's what you can do for your country" O., the six sixth-graders plant themselves right in the middle of it all, and by the end have helped to save the tree, nip the bad report of school inspector Leif Blite in the bud and turn intended "weedings" into multiple "weddings." Consistently clever and often hilarious, this and its series mates may well become perennial favorites with young readers. (Fiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152060909
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Regarding the . . . Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 402,078
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 7.49 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

KATE KLISE and M. SARAH KLISE are the fabulous sisterly team behind three picture books and a number of popular middle grade novels, including the Regarding the . . .  series as well as Trial by Journal and Letters from Camp, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Kate Klise, who is also a correspondent for People magazine, lives in Norwood, Missouri. M. Sarah Klise, who is also an art teacher, lives in Berkeley, California.

 
 

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

    Regarding the Trees--Review

    Regarding the trees is a cute book about a principal, Mr. Russ who is stressing over his school's upcoming evaluation. He decides the trees outside the school need trimmed and then he chooses to just get rid of them all together. Many students become upset about Mr. Russ getting rid of the trees and Minnie O starts a protest. Also, the middle school's Italian chef and the town's cafe owner are fighting over who's the best cook. This is a funny book filled with many misunderstandings that is written through documents such as newspaper articles, faxes and phone messages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    Bravo

    It is a fantastic book about love and cofusion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    Read This Book!

    I thought that this book was one of the best books I've ever read. I think anyone who likes books in letter form would like this book. Also there is a big suprise at the end but I want you to be suprised. Before reading this book you should read Regarding the Sink and Regarding the Foutain.

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