[PW] Children's Book - About a Dying Tree

Nicole Winard nwinard at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 13:24:12 PDT 2015

Could it be...


The Gift of the Tree by Tressault

The one that sprang to mind instantly, of course, is Shel Silverstein's The
Giving Tree, but I know it doesn't quite fit your criteria. But thanks for
the memories, anyway.

*Nicole Winard*

On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 1:15 PM, S M Colowick <januarye at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 12:57 PM, Carla M. Logue <clogue at mscc.edu> wrote:
> > Hello!
> >
> > I have a patron who is looking for a children's book that she read to
> her children approximately 20 some years ago.  The story is told from the
> viewpoint of the trees.  An old tree dies and she is gently laid to rest as
> the other trees use their limbs to lay her down.  The tree's death was
> renewing the earth and gave life to other living things. The part that
> stands out to the patron is fantastic illustrations described as something
> from a Rembrandt painting.  She states they were in color and looked more
> like pen and ink drawings rather than paintings.
> Similar story but wrong decade, and the illustrations don't evoke
> Rembrandt:
> A Grand Old Tree (2005) -
> http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Tree-Mary-Newell-Depalma/dp/0439623340 -
> "...The fact that the tree is given a female persona makes her seem
> that much more alive than if she were an it. Her roots sank deep into
> the earth, her arms reached high into the sky. The art superbly
> complements the writing. The use of white space to set off the
> child-inspired illustration style allows the words to stand out and
> makes the entire design clear and crisp. The tree's demise on a winter
> evening is particularly striking. ..." (School Library Journal)
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