Planting a birthday tree has enduring effects in this poignant tale of a roving boy’s link to nature — and the roots of his family’s love.
When baby Jack arrives, his father and mother plant an apple seedling to honor his birth. As Jack grows taller, so does the tree. When Jack is happy, the tree limbs stand straight and proud. When he is cold, the leaves tremble on their stems. But one day Jack’s parents awake to find his bed empty. When they see a gull perched atop the tree, they realize that their Jack has run away to sea. Paul Fleischman’s lyrical prose and Barry Root’s magical illustrations tell the story of a boy’s powerful connection to his family despite distance — and adds new meaning to the old custom of planting a birthday tree.
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Paul Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for JOYFUL NOISE: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES and a Newbery Honor for GRAVEN IMAGES. Among his award-winning picture books are SIDEWALK CIRCUS, THE ANIMAL HEDGE, and WESLANDIA. He lives in Aromas, California.
Barry Root has illustrated many books for children, including THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP by Terry Farish. He lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
Once there was a sailor who fled from the sea . . . begins this poetic story, first published in 1979 with illustrations by Marcia Sewall. Having lost three sons to the ocean, the man and his wife move inland, start a farm, and, after the birth of their fourth son, Jack, plant an apple tree. As the boy grows, so does the tree. Soon his parents notice a strange affinity between the two, and when Jack grows up and leaves home, they are able to divine his health and progress by watching the tree for signs. Precisely worded and fluid in the telling, the story has a timeless quality that is echoed in the expressive watercolor artwork. The illustrations depict landscapes glowing with seasonal colors, characters working and playing, the tree changing with the seasons and, in one dramatic scene, being struck by lightning. Even libraries with copies of the old edition will want to add this satisfying picture book to their collections. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good -. No Jacket. Pictorial boards are scuffed and rubbed. Some pages have fingermarks, text has no markings, binding is sound. Usual library markings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 103974B
Book Description New York, NY, U.S.A.: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1979, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ. Sewall, Marcia (illustrator) (illustrator). First Edition. 16mo 6"-7". Hardcover. Good/No DJ. First Edition. Ex-Library with Usual Markings. 16mo 6"-7". Sturdy library picture binding. Ex-Library with Usual Markings. Bookseller Inventory # 0213373
Book Description Harper & Row, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Ex-Library with all expected markings and inclusions. Library Binding. Finger smudges. Has a moderate amount of shelf wear on cover. Bookseller Inventory # 140923016
Book Description NY: Harper & Row, Pub, 1979, 1979. Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 8 x 7. When Jack goes to sea, his parents watch as the tree planted at his birth reflects his fortunes and misfortunes. unpaged., cv. wear to extrems, fep removed, int. sl. soil around pages. withdrawn stamps. Bookseller Inventory # 6182B
Book Description Book Condition: Good. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97800602191614.0
Book Description Harper & Row, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 12mo square. No printing stated. Unpaginated. General wear to covers. Clean copy - no school or library markings. DJ has wear to edges/corners with several short edge tears. DJ is price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 037127
Book Description Harper and Row 1979, 1st. edition., 1979. In the author's first book, a boy shares a relationship with a tree planted to celebrate his birth. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1702
Book Description N.Y.: Harper & Row 1979, 1st. edition., 1979. Near new in near new dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 2154
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0060219165