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The Searcher and Old Tree

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  12 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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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
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.

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.
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
Very cute story of how a tree protects the racoon that calls the tree its home.
Much better than the Giving Tree, which I have never liked.
Nov 11, 2008 Marge added it
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Great Story about a racoon who is saved by the old tree
Cute illustrations; not much of a story.
I absolutely adored this sweet story.
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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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