Richard Edwards Ten Tall Oak Trees

ISBN 13: 9780688046217

Ten Tall Oak Trees

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Vivid pictures and vibrant verse depict the fate of a forest in nature's eternal cycle, as, one by one, the trees disappear due to the effects of lightning, wind, and the forces of humankind.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-The ravages of progress, nature, and time conspire to eliminate a grove of 10 oak trees one by one. Edwards's rhyming text counts down the diminishing trees as the centuries pass and humans find new uses for the wood that they represent. Although logic suggests that more than one tree would be needed to make a warship for King Henry or barrels for a brewery, the point is nicely made. Crossland's bright watercolor drawings ably depict the passage of time, as seasons and costumes change. The verses flow well and the language, while simple, is replete with imagery. The furnace breathes, the brewery booms, the wind screams, the highway snarls, and so on. It is the wordless final pages of the book that complete the cycle and end the tale on a note of hopeful renewal as a young boy, walking through the barren field in the rain, retrieves an acorn, plants it in a pot, and watches it sprout. Neither a counting book nor an ecological tract, this fine book is a gentle combination of both.
Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

The bouncy rhythm of Edwards's verse and the cheeriness of Crossland's illustrations cloak a serious topic--the depletion of the environment. Readers count down from 10--"Ten tall oaktrees / standing in a line, / 'Warships,' cried King Henry, / Then there were nine"--as advancing civilization and quirks of nature destroy the trees one by one. Both text and art maintain an airy easiness that avoids blame: the highway bureaucrat seems no more culpable than the lightning, and past generations--not just the contemporary--lay claim to the trees. When the last oak is felled by a farmer who judges it a "nuisance," the narrator falls silent. Wordless pictures signal a change in tone and historical setting: while walking the vacant land, a modern boy happens upon a single acorn. When he plants it in a pot, a sapling sprouts, auguring renewal. The subtle message will take root as readers revel in the pictures' period details and chime in on the lively lyrics. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Richard Edwards
Published by Tambourine (1993)
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Book Description Tambourine, 1993. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Caroline Crossland (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0688046215

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