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The Tree That Would Not Die

The Tree That Would Not Die

by Ellen Levine, Ted Rand (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-The ``Treaty Oak'' in Austin, TX, becomes a wise old storyteller in this beautifully illustrated tale. From its sprouting from an acorn through the years of ``First Peoples,'' European settlers, slavery, the Depression, and other historical events to the attempt to poison it in 1989, this tree tells all. While the sweeping full-color illustrations lend drama to the account, the text itself sometimes seems contrived. Events are transferred to the spot where the oak grows to make the story a better vehicle for chronicling the plight of Texas and various Texans. Its anthropomorphic wisdom about human shortcomings becomes annoying. But by the end of this story, the adventure of the building of Texas is fraught with human frailty, and this great old tree seems badly in need of counseling.-Steve Matthews, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, VA

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Scholastic, Inc.
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7 - 9 Years

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