Up in the Tree

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Playful, whimsical, and wry, Margaret Atwood’s story about two children who live up in a tree has attained classic status. When this charming book was first published in 1978, conventional wisdom stated that it was too expensive and risky to publish a children’s book in Canada. So Atwood not only wrote and illustrated the book herself, she also hand-lettered the type! The original edition of Up in the Tree was created the old-fashioned way, using only two colors that mixed together to produce a surprisingly ...
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Overview


Playful, whimsical, and wry, Margaret Atwood’s story about two children who live up in a tree has attained classic status. When this charming book was first published in 1978, conventional wisdom stated that it was too expensive and risky to publish a children’s book in Canada. So Atwood not only wrote and illustrated the book herself, she also hand-lettered the type! The original edition of Up in the Tree was created the old-fashioned way, using only two colors that mixed together to produce a surprisingly large range of tones and textures, and this painstakingly created facsimile edition delivers intact to readers young and old the unique pleasures of the original. A wonderful story in a beautiful package, Up in the Tree is now ready for a new generation of readers.
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Yes, that Margaret Atwood. Once upon a time, the acclaimed author of adult books wrote, illustrated, and hand-lettered a picture book about two little boys who live in a tree. Never before available in the U.S. (and reprinted for the first time since its 1978 publication in Canada), Atwood's book will engross a new generation with its light-as-air verse and unadorned folk-art-style pictures. Neither wind nor rain discourage the children -- until beavers gnaw away at their means of getting down: "Oh my! Oh me! Someone's taken the ladder away from the tree!" The book, with its succinct verse and basic vocabulary, doubles as a fine beginning reader too. (Ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
Publishers Weekly
Margaret Atwood illustrated a children's book she wrote in 1978, Up in the Tree, starring a pair of children rendered in two colors (red and blue) who live in a tree's uppermost branches, subject to the elements through the seasons. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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In this quaint little book, two young children live up in a tree with only an owl and each other for company! They are quite carefree and happy (except when it is extremely windy or rainy). They do have a ladder, but uh-oh, two beavers come and shred it to bits with their big beaver teeth! Now the children are anxious and worried, being stuck in the tree with no way down. That is, until a friend in the form a big red bird flies in and carries them safely to the ground. Now the children realize that a more permanent solution to getting up and down the tree must be made, so they nail boards to the side of the tree and are happy again. Written and illustrated by the Canadian author, whose work is most widely recognized in adult circles and has been critically acclaimed internationally for forty years, this book is a gentle charmer. It was originally published in 1978 when the author could only afford to pay for two colors of paint for the illustrations; thus the blue, red, and brownish (combination of the blue and red) colors. Recommended. 2006 (orig. 1978), Groundwood Books, Ages 3 to 6.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888997296
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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