Big Tree Down

Book Description

Big Tree is the neighborhood’s biggest land­mark. It pre­sides over street games, bar­be­cues, and water fights. But crack! Oh no! Big Tree has been split by light­ning!

In this warm and pos­i­tive book, peo­ple from all parts of the community—neighbors, city work­ers, and children—come togeth­er to clean up and remem­ber Big Tree, and to plant Lit­tle Tree in its stead. This won­der­ful sto­ry of neigh­bor­ly coop­er­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment will intro­duce kids to the joys of being involved in the world imme­di­ate­ly around them.

Reviews and Comments

“A beloved tree brings the town togeth­er even after it is top­pled in a storm. Big Tree is “shel­ter, shade, hid­ing place. Just right for shar­ing secrets, lean­ing, and dream­ing.” The land­mark is the meet­ing place in town. But then a storm strikes. … On the final page, the nar­ra­tor’s inter­ra­cial fam­i­ly … is shown plant­i­ng a new sapling. “Meet me at Lit­tle Tree.” Gor­don’s rich­ly col­ored illus­tra­tions por­tray the togeth­er­ness that is some­times still found in small towns or urban neigh­bor­hoods. Com­mu­ni­ty togeth­er­ness at its best in this cel­e­bra­tion of a tree.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This title shows read­ers what hap­pens when a big tree comes crash­ing down in a storm … (uses) rich vocab­u­lary that includes the names of vehi­cles like a cher­ry pick­er and pro­fes­sion­als like line­man. The sto­ry is live­ly, well writ­ten … Inter­est will be high for this title. VERDICT An excel­lent selec­tion for pub­lic or school libraries. … a go-to title to read after a thun­der­storm.” (School Library Jour­nal)

Big Tree Down

writ­ten by Lau­rie Lawlor
illus­trat­ed by David Gor­don
Hol­i­day House, 2018

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