Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Out of the Way! Out of the Way!” as Want to Read:
Out of the Way! Out of the Way!
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Out of the Way! Out of the Way!

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Selected for the USBBY Outstanding International Book List

A young boy spots a baby tree growing in the middle of a dusty path in his village. He carefully places rocks around it as the local mango seller rushes past shouting, "Out of the way! Out of the way!" As the tree grows bigger, people and animals traverse the path until it becomes a lane, flowing like a river around
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Groundwood Books (first published 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Out of the Way! Out of the Way!, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Out of the Way! Out of the Way!

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Wonderful picture book.
The story captures the breadth of past, present, and future in just a few words as a boy who protected a tiny tree growing in a dusty path observes how both the path (which becomes a road) and the sapling (which becomes a towering tree) and those who pass by on the road and the animals visit the tree all make room for each other.
A great book about urban growth, India, and getting along with others.

The Indian folk art style pictures are a delight and authentically show Indi
Danielle Butler
I thought it was unique how the author and illustrator have almost identical names on this book. The aspect of this book that stood out most to me is the illustrations. I love how bright and colorful they are. Some figures in the illustrations are still black and white which adds uniqueness to the drawings. I feel like this techniques creates a flow when looking at the pages.

This book holds an "Outstanding International" award. Referring to the webite, the books with this awards s
Xin Luan
In this lyrical story, a tree grow up, going with the development of the village. This tree was planted by a boy in the middle of a dusty path. While the village became more and more busy,and the street became a road, the tree became a giant. I like the style of the pictures. The illustrations, in pen-and-ink with vibrant blocks of color, have a traditional Indian folk-art feel.
This is a great book to read aloud in class. Maybe, it is also perfect to timeline work. Let students list timelines a
A boy protects a seedling that grows into a tree that provides sustenance and respite from the rapidly-growing city that springs up around it. Despite the busy lives the passersby lead, they still stop once in awhile to spend time under the tree, replenishing their energy and savoring its beauty. I like the across the generations nature of the story and the fact that even cities can contain quiet natural sanctuaries. The primary-color-filled illustrations appeal to the senses as well. Because of ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mc-literature
This colorful folk art book gives the reader a view of the diversity of life in India. The illustrator has used pen and ink with the addition of vibrant colors to enhance the words. The text chronicles the ways that a path around a tree changes through many years from single path to a busy village road. The tree begins as a young sapling and grows into a huge tree. The people in the story gather near and under it so that they still can enjoy the life of a splendid example of nature. USBBY Outst ...more
A little boy sees a tree sprouting out of the ground and does everything he can to ensure it grows. As it grows larger and larger we see the town evolve around it. A sweet story that would do best read aloud. I can see using it as a teaching tool to talk about communities and ecology. I am not a huge fan of the illustrations. I think had the story been illustrated better it would have brought more life to the book. My 8 yr old didn't have too much too comment on with this story.
Ambika Sambasivan
Apr 08, 2013 Ambika Sambasivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
This lovely little book is beautifully illustrated. There is so much detail in the images that I found new things with every read. The story revolves around a tree planted in the center of a village path. As the path expands to become a track, a street and finally, a busy road, the tree grows peacefully in the middle, reminding bustling travelers to stop and listen. The story and artwork work together to evoke an idyllic image of village life in India. This book is a keeper!
Kate Hastings
Grades K-4. Beautiful art from India-- a man plants a seed, which eventually grows into a tree-- a slow beautiful process that can only be appreciated by those who take the time to slow down. Also shows the process of the country growing into a city, and of newer technologies being adopted. Shows wildlife attracted to mature trees. Might be fun for a timeline assignment
Everyone must go "out of the way" of the sapling, that grows to a young tree, to a mature tree. A path develops around the tree, then into a road, as travelrs go "out of the way." As the tree grows it provides shade, a home for birds and other animals, a place to picnic, or to rest and think. Beautiful bright colored illustrations.

Set in India; definite sense of place and culture.
Jul 27, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
A lyrical story set in India about the changes to a small village as it becomes a bustling metropolis. At the heart of the story is a tree that grows from a small sapling into a big beautiful tree. Illustrations are pen and ink with vibrant colors in traditional Indian folk-art syles.
Colorful and delightfully busy illustrations inspired by Indian folk-art complement this lyrical tale about a tiny sapling that gradually becomes a magnificent tree, a sleepy village that gradually becomes a bustling metropolis, and the way stories bring people together.
Edward Sullivan
May 03, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A tree becomes a respite for people caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A charming story about appreciating the value of slowness in a fast-moving world beautifully illustrated in traditional Indian folk art styles.
Sep 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature
I like this picture book, but I'm not sure where I would use it. It might work well for a nature theme for older preschoolers and up. It reminds me of the pictures books and beginning reader books from the 40s and 50s. Very nice!
A story about how, even as time elapses, some things grow and stay the same.
Jun 05, 2013 Mjstroup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was blown away by this books illustrations. They were so detailed and involved and contributed to the story I can't imagine the story without it!
Jul 03, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eco, picture-books
A covert warning about nature deficit disorder. What would our cities, our lives, be without trees and their invitation to stop and "just be" for a while?
Julie Esanu
Apr 23, 2013 Julie Esanu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book to examine changes over time set in India. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree and Virginia Burton's The Little House.
Moushumi Ghosh
A very cute book on conservation and how cities grow.
A.C.E. Bauer
I loved the illustrations!! The story is sweet and simple, and thanks to the illustrations, each page is worth poring over.
Aug 22, 2012 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A great story to remind us how important it is to slow down and enjoy life.
Anastasia Tuckness
Sweet tale about a small lane in India that becomes a road. Shows the passage of time. Will be loved by children who like lots of details in pictures, a la Where's Waldo.
Dec 19, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
The pictures are spetacular!!!!!!
A dusty road and a sapling mark the passage of time.
Sara Harrison
May 06, 2015 Sara Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
This books was so colorful - in the illustrations and the characters. It's so nice to see some diversity in children's books. A very pleasant book, with great repitition and illustrations.
Karen Arendt
The story of a tree planted in the middle of a dirt path in Inda that grows as the town changes from a dirt path to a busy street. The illustrations are simple yet boldly colorful.
Maggie Burgess
Maggie Burgess rated it it was ok
Nov 12, 2014
Sadie rated it really liked it
Dec 31, 2012
Shannon rated it liked it
Feb 12, 2013
Ashley rated it it was ok
Apr 27, 2013
Coach D
Coach D rated it liked it
Feb 25, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book