From Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser and rising talent Jon Klassen comes a poignant tale of loss, change, and nature's quiet triumph.
When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun. The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighboring lots, where thick bushes offered up secret places to play. When the children grew up and moved away, their father, alone in the house, continued his battle against blowing seeds, plucking out sprouting trees. Until one day the father, too, moved away, and as the empty house began its decline, the trees began their approach. At once wistful and exhilarating, this lovely, lyrical story evokes the inexorable passage of time — and the awe-inspiring power of nature to lift us up.
|Product dimensions:||10.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Ted Kooser, the United States Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems Delights & Shadows. He is the author of twelve full-length volumes of poetry and several books of nonfiction, and his work has appeared in many periodicals. Bag in the Wind, illustrated by Barry Root, was his first picture book. Ted Kooser lives in Garland, Nebraska.
Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back. The first picture book he illustrated, Cats’ Night Outby Caroline Stutson, won the Governor General’s Award for illustration in his native Canada. Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.
Date of Birth:1939
Place of Birth:Ames, Iowa
Education:B.S., Iowa State University, 1962; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1968
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautiful illustrations and lyrical text but will kids like it? I am not sure. Very moving for adults.
Ted Kooser’s House Held Up by Trees, illustrated by Jon Klassen, is a visually beautiful children’s book. Yet, the text of the book left me wondering if the story was really completed. This book isn’t something I would recommend for children to read independently due to its sometimes difficult syntax and the sometimes awkward flow of the text, but it is a great book for parents to read to pre-school and early elementary aged children. At a solid 4 out of 5 stars, this picture book tells the story of a house slowly being reclaimed by the trees and about the life of the family who once lived there. Klassen’s illustrations really bring this story alive. Still, I was left wondering what message Kooser meant to send with this book. Then again, maybe he meant to leave the theme ambiguous and open to interpretation. Overall, this really is a beautiful book, just practice reading it to yourself a couple times before you read it to your kids.