Our Tree Named Steve

Our Tree Named Steve


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Dear Kids, A long time ago, when you were little, Mom and I took you to where we wanted to build a house. . . . I remember there was one tree, however, that the three of you couldn’t stop staring at. . . .

After the family spares him from the builders, Steve the tree quickly works his way into their lives. He holds their underwear when the dryer breaks down, he’s there when Adam and Lindsay get their first crushes, and he’s the centerpiece at their outdoor family parties. With a surprising lack of anthropomorphizing, this is a uniquely poignant celebration of fatherhood, families, love, and change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142407431
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 65,761
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: AD890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Alan Zweibel lives in Los Angeles, California. David Catrow lives in Springfield, Ohio.

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Zweibel and Catrow have created a faultless piece of bibliotherapy for children working through loss. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

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Our Tree Named Steve 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ASKier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a cherished icon of a family's home is destroyed in a storm, a father prepares his children for the loss by writing a letter. In simple, non-sentimental language, Our Tree Named Steve memorializes the predominant role the tree has played in the lives of the family. Melancholy and profoundly present are multiple themes of loss. Catrow's use of color brilliantly captures bittersweet memories as well as changing seasons and moods. An excellent book to share with young children who have lost something dear to them. Recommended for ages 4+.
marqrm02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book follows the life of a tree as it accompanies the journey of a family. Could be used to introduce a topic and help children think about how trees have influenced their lives.
abcarteaux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a family that saves a tree from being cut down as they build their house.The family learns to love the tree, and it becomes a staple in their lives. It is a very cute book that shows all the different ways that a tree could be useful, and how it changes through the years.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom and I read this book and I liked it. My mom thought it was a good book to read when a pet dies, or something familiar changes, to help kids see that our memories help things live on. I wondered why the tree broke down? The pictures were also good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kids liked it. I think partly because I love this story so much. We always had fun pointing the dog's actions out to each other :) . Easy to do crafts with this title as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very fun book, both in story and in illustration. My kids loved it. The story is sweet, silly and sad, but has a happy ending. The illustrations are funny, so my kids wanted to stop and look at every page in detail. If you have ever endured the loss of something that was important to you, you will be able to empathize with this family. Yet they make the best of their loss and create a way to enjoy 'Steve' for many more years. This book should definitely be a part of any picture book library. It has both substance and entertainment value. It's one of the best books for young kids (2-10) we have read in quite a while.