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Song of the Trees (Logans #3)

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With the depression bearing down on her family and food in short supply, Cassie Logan isn't sure where her next meal will come from. But there is one thing that she knows will always be there-the whispering trees outside her window. Cassie's trees are a steady source of comfort to her, but they also happen to be worth a lot of money. When Mr. Andersen tries to force Big Ma ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 26th 2003 by Puffin Books (first published 1975)
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NebraskaIcebergs
Sometimes I think I am a difficult book reviewer to please. One minute, I fault an author for leaving too many loose ends. The next minute, I fault an author for tying together too many of those loose ends. Yet the longer I review books, the more I feel that writing a good book is like catching lightning in a bottle. Song of the Trees by Mildred Taylor is an excellent example of a story that could have been composed wrongly in so many ways. It is the sign of a truly talented author that Mildred ...more
Emily Yao
This is a great book! We read it on class recently. It is a very touching story about family, love, kindness and courage. It's amazing how a story like this can be so interesting and full of emotions in one small book!
Tiauna Holley
This is a historical fiction book. This book holds a few awards such as the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor, First prize, Council on Interracial Books for Children, Outstanding Book of the Year Citation, The New York Times, and the Jane Addams Honors Citation. This book is about a family who seems loving, down to earth and lives with encouragement. With Cassie is in Mississippi her father is working in Louisianan to bring home money and medicine. Ther ...more
Rosa Cline
This book won the Council on Interracial Books Award and also a New York Times Outstanding Book of the year in 1975. This was book #3 of the Logan series written by Ms Taylor. Although this book was more for children versus the first book "The Land" was, still almost just as good. And although she didn't write in the beginning of this one this is what she wrote in the first pages of "The Land" and it applies to this book as well... "...Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I ...more
Molly Cline
This book won the Council on Interracial Books Award and also a New York Times Outstanding Book of the year in 1975. This was book #3 of the Logan series written by Ms Taylor. Although this book was more for children versus the first book "The Land" was, still almost just as good. And although she didn't write in the beginning of this one this is what she wrote in the first pages of "The Land" and it applies to this book as well... "...Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I ...more
La'shae
I liked this book very much. It touched upon very adult topics like racism and illness. I would not recommend for this book to be in a lower level elementary classroom because of its maturity and length; however, it should definitely be considered for an upper level classroom. I especially liked this book because of its message
Laura Verret
Cassie’s daddy is working down in Louisiana. The rest of the family waits in Mississippi for him to return with the money they need for food and medicine. Mama does so worry when Papa’s gone. They all do.

And this time they have something extra to trouble them. Mr. Andersen is trying to bully the Logans into selling him trees off of their land. It would give them the needed cash, but would Papa approve of it? If only he would come back home!

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Rosa Cline
This book won the Council on Interracial Books Award and also a New York Times Outstanding Book of the year in 1975. This was book #3 of the Logan series written by Ms Taylor. Although this book was more for children versus the first book "The Land" was, still almost just as good. And although she didn't write in the beginning of this one this is what she wrote in the first pages of "The Land" and it applies to this book as well... "...Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I ...more
Amber
I feel like this story could have continued even further than from where it ended. I was very curious to know if the family had anymore problems out of Mr, Anderson, and also if the mama got her medicine to make her well. I could easily picture the story as I was reading it as well; I also liked how the author made the characters talk, almost hearing the southern accent they had. I feel like some of the pictures in the book were rather busy however, sometimes making it difficult to see what was ...more
Michelle Crunkleton-Clark
My daughters are preparing for Reading Olympics and this book was on the list. I decided to read it as it is by Mildred D. Taylor, best known for "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" (which I unfortunately haven't gotten around to reading yet!) It is a beautifully written book - place is well established, the characters are interesting, and the situation is riveting. However it falls short on content. It felt more like a chapter out of a book, than a book in its own right. Still a good and important r ...more
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Cassie Logan's family is the only black family to own land in their township of Mississippi. It's hard for the white people in the area to countenance the confidence this land gives the Logans. They aren't typical of other blacks, and they certainly don't act the way the whites want them to. For Cassie the trees mean home. They are alive, and she can often hear them sing. One day the trees stop singing, however. Times are hard, and Mr. Logan is away working on railroad construction. Big Ma (Cass ...more
Jaybandz
Nov 12, 2010 Jaybandz is currently reading it
Big Ma && Her Family Is Going Threw A Hard Time Since Papa Is Away At Work trying Make Sum Money For His Family . Big Ma && Her Family Get Food From The Trees In The Forest Like Berries && All Kind Of Vegetables . So One Day There Is This White Men Named Mr. Anderson && He Want To Cut Down The Trees In The Forest && Mama Do Not Want Them To Cause She Know The Trees Mean Something To Her Kids.So Mr. Anderson Had Said If You Don't Want Me To Cut Down The Tre ...more
John Kim
The book “songs of the trees” talks about the indiscriminate development of environment. Cassie, main character, and her family are so poor that they always concern meals. Although she is in such environment, she becomes comfort with songs of the trees. However, white people who come from city try to cut off priceless trees to her with cost for the development. Finally, Mr. Anderson, one of white people, forces her grandmother to sell the trees while mentioning the harsh situation of the Cassie’ ...more
Alison
I greatly enjoyed this book. The setting of the story was during the depression. I would like to have my students read this book and write about some hard times they have had in their lives. I would also like to hear about how they comprehended the book.
Ashlynn Pope
This is a great read for history on the depression era and black history. I really did enjoy reading this because the artwork went so well with the text. This is a great story to read to bring awareness to history.
Lorna Satchwell
Another great story! Midred D Taylor is a wonderful story teller. This is the third book by her that I've read. She is very clear bold with her characters and the situations they find themselves in.
Lily Akre
I wish this book had been longer, but otherwise, I thought it was really good. It made me appreciate trees more. Mildred D. Taylor is a really good writer, and I recommend everyone read the Logan series (especially Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry).
Cindy
Continuing my Mildred Taylor kick...this was short, easy to read, and a sobering story about the place and rights of black people in turn of the century Mississippi.
Josiah
This book is a highly auspicious beginning to the incomparable (and still continued!) legendary saga of the Logan family. Mildred D. Taylor coaxes forth a lot of resonant feeling in these spare pages, writing with an elegance that belies her literary skill. I have found that while many people have read "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry", very few have also gone through this book that came first, and they are unaware that some events hinted at in the pages of "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" actually ...more
Kim
My fourth grade teacher read this one out loud. I've been a part of the Logan family since then.
Elizabeth
It was good, just slightly depressing.
Angela
Though this book is short. I think it's a good book because it talks about the differences of two different races and how they settle arguments even though it's not a very pleasing conclusion. I am still mixed up about what gender Stacey is because I know Stacey as a name for girls not boys. Also, I can't believe that this story is based from a story that happened to the author's father. I learned that you should always stand up for what you believe in even if the consequences will hurt you.
Tamara the Librarian
VERY short book-- of all the books I have read by Taylor so far this was the least impressive. Plotline is simple and I found it not developed enough to really have the major impact emotionally-- characters also had no time to be developed. If this was my first Taylor read I would not be compelled to read more.
Amanda
Mar 14, 2010 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who have read Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry
This was good almost as good as Roll of Thunder hear my Cry. If you read Roll of Thunder hear my cry read this book.

Loved this book, teached you about history.

My teacher recommened this book to me in 7th grade, I really liked it even though it took me awhile to get through. I really want to read the other books in this series, I only read Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry. So if you like these books then read the rest of the series.
Jean Haberman
A great "save the trees" message to read during earth month. A short story about a black family who owns their own property with a stand of trees. Father is away earning money for his family, while a white man forces Big Ma to take money in exchange for the trees. The children are horrified when the trees start coming down. Father returns in time to save some of the trees!
Teresa
Cassie and her three brothers try to stop the white men from chopping down all their trees. This is a scary, heartwarming story. I hated the white guys, and I loved the black Father who turned out to be a hero. This book shows what times were like in America at one time, and is good for breaking down or preventing racial prejudices.
Josie
This is a heart warming story about a little black girl who did not want a white man to cut down all the trees on her property. This book is written when blacks were still seperated from whites. Will she make a difference for blacks everywhere?
Tania Orozco
I really liked this book because right away I dove right into it. The book is very descriptive which is probably why I really enjoyed reading the book. I would definitively recommend this book to others.
Kate
I had to present an oral book report on this novel sans notes in front of my 3rd grade class. I froze and forgot what to say. And there you have one of the worst school experiences of my life.
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Mildred Delois Taylor is a famous author, known for her children's fiction books.

She did not stay in Jackson long; the racial discrimination in the South influenced the belief of her father, Wilbert Taylor, that better opportunities awaited his family in more northern states. Thus, after her first three months of life, her family moved to Ohio after her father established a factory in Toledo, Ohio
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Logans (6 books)
  • The Land
  • The Well: David's Story
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans, #4)
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken
  • The Road to Memphis
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