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Tom's Tree
     

Tom's Tree

by Gillian Shields, Gemma Raynor (Illustrator)
 

Tom knows the tree he planted is going to grow into something special full of singing peacocks, and fruit, and even a pirate ship. But it’s hard to wait. "I wish you’d hurry up," Tom says to his tree. But days turn into years and the tree, just like Tom, continues to grow into something wonderful. An uplifting story about love and hope through the

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Tom knows the tree he planted is going to grow into something special full of singing peacocks, and fruit, and even a pirate ship. But it’s hard to wait. "I wish you’d hurry up," Tom says to his tree. But days turn into years and the tree, just like Tom, continues to grow into something wonderful. An uplifting story about love and hope through the generations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This is a book to stir the imagination. Tom has planted a seed and despite his brother's insistence that nothing will grow, believes that his tree will bear colorful fruit and have peacocks singing as they perch in its branches. As the days go by, he continues to imagine his tree growing large enough to hold a tree house pirate ship. Finally however, Tom agrees with his brother that his thoughts of his tree growing big and strong like a dragon are only dreams. The following spring when the tree begins to sprout Tom starts to think once again of all the exciting things that will happen in his tree, but then he loses interest. As the tree slowly grows, Tom also grows and leaves his dreams centering on the tree to pursue other dreams. The tree is alone until one day Tom returns with his son to find the tree tall and full with leafy branches. Happily he says to his son, "This is my tree." The little boy claps his hands with joy as he imagines peacocks, sailing ships and golden dragons. Both Tom and his son have haircuts giving them each a subtle and fitting resemblance to an acorn. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

Gr 1-2

This wistful story features a small boy with a big imagination. He plants a seed, dreaming that it will grow to be as tall as a giant, with singing peacocks, dragons, and a pirate ship tucked in its branches. His older brother tries to get Tom to be realistic, but the child still hopes. He checks on his sapling's progress each spring, and eventually he grows up and moves away. Some time later, he returns with his young son, Edward, to show him the now full-grown tree. Not surprisingly, Edward sees the same imaginary peacocks, dragons, and pirate ship that his father has always seen. The stylized drawings and text design work well with the story. Panels with small drawings effectively show the passing seasons, so the transition from Tom as a young boy to an adult flows smoothly. Some of the illustrations, however, are jarring, and young Tom has an inexplicably large head. An additional purchase for one-on-one sharing.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Both trees and boys grow in their own way. Little Tom plants a seed near his house, and older brother Ned teases that it will never grow. But Tom is highly focused; his dreams for the tree vault ahead of its development. He imagines peacocks singing in the high branches and a tree house like a pirate ship. Days and weeks pass, and the ground remains unchanged; Tom gives up hope. But the seasons pass, and, when spring comes again, it's Ned who notices the beginning of a tree. Tom's dreams take flight again. He waters, watches and even builds a fence around his tree-to-be. Years pass. Tom grows up; his tree grows more slowly. Many years later, the adult Tom and his young son Edward visit the tall tree, in which Edward can see the peacocks and the pirate ship. Raynor's stylishly simple illustrations complement the minimalism of Shields's text, juxtaposing earthily round-headed, dot-eyed tots against Tom's florid imaginings. Subtle but sublime. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561486632
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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