House Held Up by Trees

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Candlewick Press, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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.

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User Review  - AudreyLast - LibraryThing

This book was a bit boring. There were characters, but they did not play a major role. The main character could actually be the house. The house was built, left by its owner, and then finally it was ... Read full review

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User Review  - EliseMT - LibraryThing

In this story, a father and his two children grow, move on, and leave their house behind. The house is literally "lifted up" by nature. The illustrations are composed of earthy colors and feel organic. Klassen makes effective use of blank space. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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 Out by Caroline Stutson, won the Governor General's Award for illustration in his native Canada. Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.

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