The Ghost-Eye Tree

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One dark and windy autumn night when the sun has long gone down, a young boy and his older sister are sent to the end of town to get a bucket of milk. As they walk down the lonely road, bathed in eerie moonlight, all the boy can think ...

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Overview

One dark and windy autumn night when the sun has long gone down, a young boy and his older sister are sent to the end of town to get a bucket of milk. As they walk down the lonely road, bathed in eerie moonlight, all the boy can think about is the ghost-eye tree.

Oooo...

I dreaded to go...

I dreaded the tree....

Why does Mama always choose me

When the night is so dark

And the mind runs free?

What will happen when they come to the tree? Can they run past it or will it reach out and grab them?

Any child who has been frightened of the dark will enjoy this scary book, which is meant to be read aloud. Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault developed the story as a reader's theater piece, which they have performed in schools across the country. Now, with Ted Rand's stunning illustrations, the ghost-eye tree comes to life. Watch out!

Walking down a dark lonely road on an errand one night, a brother and sister argue over who is afraid of the dread Ghost-Eye tree.

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"A top-notch hair-raiser that will do for any old night of the year, but will really spike a Halloween story hour." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A delightfully alarming story poem about a dark and windy night when a boy and his sister are sent on an errand and must pass a certain tree that moans and reaches out its arms, freezing their hearts with fear. Strong, exciting illustrations make it all real. The poem would be especially good read aloud." —The New Yorker

"Deep, dark pictures of a windy, cloudy, spooky night provide the appropriate atmosphere for this tantalizingly told story-poem about a brother and sister who are sent out at night to fetch a pail of milk." —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805009477
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 10/15/1988
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 116,767
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his children’s books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004.

 

John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who has collaborated with Bill Martin Jr. and Ted Rand on several books, including Barn Dance! and Knots on a Counting Rope.

 

Ted Rand (1915-2005) was a prolific artist whose illustrations appeared in several magazines and newspapers, as well as in numerous books for children. He collaborated with both Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault on many books, including Here Are My Hands.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Wonderful Halloween read!

    Martin & Archambault cannot be beat, but this is a special "scary story" for the very young. Gorgeous illustrations, and a successful, happy ending. The younger children love it, and so do I.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    A great story for children that could have even more meaning for some adults.

    I went looking for this book because my mother used to read it to my younger brother and I when we were very little. Our copy was misplaced and I wanted to replace it so I bought a new one. Seeing the illustrations and reading the dialog really took me back in time. The story itself had much more meaning to me as an adult because of the relationship between the the brother and sister. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and is was worth having to order it from out of state.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

    Your children and students will love Ghost-Eye Tree!

    Picture a brother and sister in the early 1900's walking to the milkman on a dark, windy night. This story highlights sibling relationships and children's imaginations when confronted with shadows on a dark, lonely road. Vocabulary and illustrations are exemplary! Great for reader's theater, teachers!

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