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The Searcher and Old Tree

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
After a long night of foraging, a tired raccoon returns home to sleep in Old Tree's branches. Oblivious to the rain and wind of a raging storm, the raccoon is protected and sheltered by the tree. Beloved author-illustrator David McPhail crafts a simple, yet powerful, allegory about the safety of home and the strength of unconditional love.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Charlesbridge (first published January 15th 2007)
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Marilin Equihua
Picture Book

McPhail, David The Searcher and Old Tree (2008).

Target audience: Ages 2-7

Setting: A tree on a hill by the shore

Character(s): A raccoon, referred to as the “Searcher”

Plot/Summary: The Searcher, a raccoon, returns home after a night of searching for food. He falls asleep on Old Tree, his home. While he sleeps, a violent storm hits. The wind and waves smash against Old Tree, but raccoon sleeps through the whole storm. When night comes again, he wakes up to search for food like usual. He
Jared White
Though I admit that I didn't like this one as much as Mole Music (also by McPhail), I still really enjoyed it. Some other reviewers said it was pointless and not much happened but I was able to keep a group of 2-4 year olds intrigued by it, so that's saying something. I doubt such little ones will get that it's about "unconditional love" as the book summary says, but maybe, just maybe, if they like the book enough and are read it a few times, they will start to "get" that it is about being grate ...more
Angela Hutchinson
This book is about a raccoon that has spent the entire day out hunting for food. At the end of the day, he is full and sleepy. He climbs up in Old Tree and falls asleep. A big storm arrives and the winds fiercely blow. The raccoon sleeps through the entire storm and did not even know anything had happened. Then, he stepped back onto the ground and realized there were branches and leaves lying all around. He figured out that there had been a big storm and the protected him while he sleep. This wo ...more
Traci Bold
Aug 18, 2016 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
Raccoon knows just where to go for his safe and secure sleeping spot. The old Tree knows just how to keep raccoon safe even when a nasty storm blows into the area.

A mustread book to soothe children about storms and the safety of their homes.

Written and illustrated by David McPhail, published by Charlesbridge.

#PB #home #safety #security #storms #comfort
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 The Brothers rated it liked it
Shelves: raccoons, trees, storms
A somewhat odd story of a raccoon who lives in an old tree. One night the tree is pummeled by a fierce storm. The raccoon manages to sleep through the whole thing, but notices in the morning that the tree stood strong.

Okay illustrations.
Jan 19, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, picture-book
This book was alright. The text wasn't too long, and the illustrations are nice. But the story didn't do much for me. It's one of those "quiet" stories without much plot. For example, the main character doesn't have a problem to solve. The story just happens *to* the main character.
Aug 19, 2012 Alida rated it it was amazing
Much better than the Giving Tree, which I have never liked.
Feb 23, 2012 Peacegal rated it it was ok
Cute illustrations; not much of a story.
Nov 11, 2008 Marge added it
Shelves: picture-books
Great Story about a racoon who is saved by the old tree
Sep 30, 2015 Esodhiambo rated it did not like it

Dec 07, 2010 Claudia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weather
This book is great for vocabulary development! I would have students use context clues to tell me what happens in the book. Also, this book is great for a beginning to a science lesson on weather!
Amanda Taylor
Mar 02, 2013 Amanda Taylor rated it really liked it
Very cute story of how a tree protects the racoon that calls the tree its home.
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Mar 12, 2014 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Shelves: paws-to-read
A sweet little story about the safety of home and dealing with storms. Also a good choice because it doesn't have too many words per page.
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David was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While there, he began illustrating. He is now an award-winning author and illustrator of nearly 200 books beloved by children, parents and librarians across the United States. McPhail has garnered many prestigious awards, including a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year ...more
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