Title: The Tree of Here
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers September 1993
Publication Date: 1993
Book Condition: Fine (F)
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition
Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Near Fine with near fine dust Jacket. Book Description: Alfred A Knopf, 1993. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Auth, Tony (illustrator). First Edition. Signed ~ First Edition ~. Bookseller Inventory # 20080624101433
Synopsis: Jason is upset that he has to move for the third time in five years, but he gains comfort from his favorite tree and from the gift of a young tree that he can take with him to his new home.
From Publishers Weekly:
Potok disappoints in his first children's book, an ill-pitched story that addresses the need for certain constants in a changing world. Jason is deeply upset when his parents announce that the family is moving--for the third time in five years. Although his friends and Mr. Healy the gardener offer support, it is the dogwood in his yard that gives Jason the most solace: "This tree makes me feel like I'm growing roots. It makes me feel like I'm really here," he says. Seeing a face in the expressive, craggy bark, Jason confides his thoughts to the tree and, in turn, listens as the tree whispers its "secret feelings." His character is amorphous: young enough to believe in talking trees, old enough to go to an ice cream parlor with just his friends, worldly enough to expect that he and his friends won't correspond ("They all knew that boys their age hardly ever wrote one another"). Auth deserves credit for rendering the tree as companionable instead of menacing, especially in a fantastical night scene during which Jason experiences the tree moving across the lawn, reaching into the house with its branches and embracing him. But Auth's art is frequently jarring and seems to nod at animated cartoons: for example, the emptiness said to "invade" the house is represented by white, textbook-style arrows. Don't go out on a limb for this one. Ages 5-9.
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