Tree House in a Storm

Tree House in a Storm

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by Rachelle Burk, Rex Schneider
     
 

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Kenny climbed trees as soon as he could walk, and a few years later, with the help of his little sister Allison, builds a tree house where the two of them rule as king and queen. But their reign promises to be a short one. Located in New Orleans, Kenny and Allison's tree house stands directly in the path of Hurricane Betsy!

This touching tale about the

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Kenny climbed trees as soon as he could walk, and a few years later, with the help of his little sister Allison, builds a tree house where the two of them rule as king and queen. But their reign promises to be a short one. Located in New Orleans, Kenny and Allison's tree house stands directly in the path of Hurricane Betsy!

This touching tale about the devastation from severe weather events is sure to warm your heart. Learn with Kenny and Allison that even the worst storm can end with a rainbow.

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Midwest Book Review
"Tree House in a Storm" is a nonfiction children's book that tells the actual story of 9-year old Kenny and his sister Allison's tree house built in a huge oak tree that did not survive the path of Hurricane Betsy in September, 1965. Kenny and Allison loved their tree house and had many happy memories of playing in it. Though Kenny especially is devastated when Hurricane Betsy destroys his beloved tree house, he is grateful that their home was spared, and he plants an acorn to grow into another oak that will one day hold a tree house for his children. The experience of preparing for and surviving a hurricane is accurately pictured in the sensitive illustrations of Rex Schneider. Author Rachelle Burke also lived to experience the loss of her childhood home to Hurricane Katrina, in recent times. "Tree House in a Storm" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and will be a helpful tool for children to explain how natural disasters can be endured and survived. "Tree House in a Storm" can be read to children age 6 and up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880451697
Publisher:
Stemmer House Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,373,678
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Tree House in a Storm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Mom_in_California More than 1 year ago
Rachelle Burk takes us into the treetops without ever going over the top. This lyrical book evokes the magic of secret forts and lazy summer days while at the same time taking on childhood fear and natural disaster in a non-threatening way. This transgenerational tale beautifully depicts the tenuous balance between dreams and disaster -- and the tenacious human spirit that dwells in both. The illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of a very specific time and place -- New Orleans in the 1960's. But the resiliency depicted in the story is timeless, as any Hurrican Katrina survivor can attest.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Tree House in a Storm is written by Rachelle Burk and illustrated by Rex Schneider. This book offers an exciting adventure, sibling bonding, and an understanding of the power of nature, with an interesting story line for younger and older readers to enjoy and share together. Kenny loves to climb trees, and has been climbing them since he was very young. When Kenny decides he is going to build a tree house, his sister Allison sets out to help him. They sit up in the tree house for hours at a time, sharing stories, eating food, and enjoying the view. Never could they have imagined what nature would do to turn their little paradise in the sky upside-down.  Rachelle Burk did a fantastic job writing about an activity that many children of the past and present love doing. Building and then enjoying a tree house by playing in it shows the creativity and imagination a child's mind holds; the possibilities are endless. Based on a true story of the author's brothers, it's a book many children and adults can read and relate to a similar happenstance with nature, or just remember the loss of a childhood favorite item. The story reminds you that although something in your childhood was lost, you can always re-create it and a memory of it with your children or children in your life as an adult. This fun and exciting story can inspire future creative activities of the past or the present. Enjoy.
YvonnePerry More than 1 year ago
This well-written book tells the story of two children, Kenny and Allison, who built a backyard tree house in which they spent much of their childhood playing and pretending. When Hurricane Betsy hit the area, the family had to evacuate. When they returned, Kenny and Allison found that their tree house had been destroyed; but fortunately the family's home was not harmed. Kenny planted an acorn from the old tree and it eventually grew into a sturdy oak that held a new tree house for his children to enjoy when they visited their grandparents. What fond memories this book brought to me! As I read this story, I could see myself and my cousins playing in the tree fort we had built in the woods behind our house. I remembered the fun times I had as a young mother building a playhouse for my kids to spent hours imagining and dreaming. I was surprised to learn that Rachelle Burk, the author of this children's book, had actually survived not one, but two, storms in New Orleans: Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The delightful illustrations by Rex Schneider make this book come alive. Highly recommended as a story that kids and adults will cherish. Yvonne Perry Author of The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children
MN-Writer More than 1 year ago
Tree House in a Storm, written by first time author Rachelle Burk and illustrated by Rex Schneider, is a masterful blend of classic story telling and compelling artwork. The story of Kenny and Allison's tree house will remind you of the joys of being young, of being filled with imagination and wonderment...and unfortunately the feeling of loss for something you love. Rachelle Burk's words beautifully lead you through this heart warming tale, complimented by Rex Schneider's wonderfully dramatic and slyly whimsical illustrations (hidden frogs anyone?). All in all, this is not just a story of childhood loss, but a story of the universal promise of hope!