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The Old Tree

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Cross-species cooperation helps to save a leafy home in an endearing, pastoral tale that features a final pop-up surprise.

Deep in the forest one morning, Pigeon Post is going about her usual business when she notices a huge X on the trunk of the old tree. All the tree’s residents have a different theory about whom is to blame, until Captain Crow solves the mystery — but ca
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Candlewick Press
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Sep 10, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
How could I not have found Ruth Brown before this? After reading A Dark, dark tale, I fell in love with it, and hoped I'd find some more "dark" stories in the Ruth Brown collection. While this isn't dark in any way, it IS, however, a wonderful story with some unusual and completely unique aspects to it. A story about an old tree and its inhabitants, dealing with the fact their tree is about to be torn down, it's probably somewhere between a level 2 and 3 reading level. The story is adorable, the ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
One of my favourite books growing up was A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown. It is mostly pictures, which capture a lot, and there's so much scary atmosphere throughout until the very end, which is adorable. As much as I loved that book, I never thought to look up any other books by Brown. This one I came across at work. See, my division of the Ministry of Education has everything do to with kindergarten, and at our divisional meeting our ADM (Assistant Deputy Minister) read this book aloud to us ( ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jun 06, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The last pop-up page is particularly beautiful and fun. The story has a compelling environmental message about preserving habitats. And, there is also a terrific message about community and about working together to achieve a worthwhile goal. Most of the illustrations are enjoyable and elaborate. That last pop-up page needs to be handled gently so as not to tear or otherwise ruin it. I hate most of those real life Xs that designate trees for cutting down, and took great delight in how this X is ...more
The pigeon postal carrier visits The Old Tree and progresses up the interior or the tree dropping off mail to all the animals who live there. Mrs. Rabbit, who just had her 17th child, the screeching parakeets, the noisy woodpecker, the learned owl are just some of inhabitants. Colorful illustrations show the way.

At each stop, the pigeon asks about the giant X painted on the tree, but its up to the old Crow sailor on the very top of the tree to figure out what it means, ands all of the animals in
Sep 27, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
We have a "old tree" that we often wonder about the stories that it would tell - if it could. It is an important stop on "the tour" when someone visits our farm. My 5 year old just loves this story, relating to our "old tree" as we read it. Its a sweet story of coming together and team work. With a nice surprise at the end.
Apr 04, 2009 Cindi rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Loved the illustrations and there's a fun pop-up surprise on the last page. I liked the message. There was some discordance among the neighbors, but with a common cause, they worked through a problem that threatened their dear old tree and overcame a prejudice too!
May 13, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
The girlie loves this book. We have it from the library and it's the one she picks every night, and I'm pretty sure not only because it's the longest. The illustrations are very pretty and there's a great pop-up at the end.
Mar 08, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Lovely illustrations; cute "save the tree" story with animal characters; large pop-up on last page.
Mar 20, 2008 Ellen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All kids, ages 3 and up
Lovely, lovely story about working together to protect a cherished home. The last page is a thrill.
Dec 10, 2009 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"trees, forest animals, loggers, cooperation, pop-up ending, very cute story but longish"
Serena McGlashen
May 08, 2009 Serena McGlashen rated it it was ok
Shelves: mom-read-to-me
Boring until the last page with the pop up.
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Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books. She has created a great many picture books for Andersen Press and is highly respected as an author and illustrator. She is married to artist Ken Brown and they have two grown-up sons and one grandchild.
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