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The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree

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Most tall tales are no taller than the teller. This one is taller than a tree - a great-great-grandaddy of a sycamore, just right for moving into, for settling down in and raising children and children and children.

It's a story starting way back in time about one man and something magical happening. Was it his doing? Or nature's?

With a storyteller's lilt and a folk-art
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
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Stacey
Sep 10, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: ky-author-book
The children's book, "The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree," while sweet and to the point, has much depth. Beginning the book by explaining that the story happened many years ago and very far away was essential if Anne Shelby's goal was to have her readers use their imaginations. Right away, Shelby shows some repetitiveness by writing, "And lived and lived and lived and lived and lived." This repetitiveness is something she uses again and again in her book. Also, the brilliant illustrations are ...more
Katelyn Spyhalski
"The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree" by Anne Shelby and Cor Hazelaar was a very interesting picture book. The title explains exactly what happens in the story but there are twists and turns that are very unexpected. Harlan Burch, the main character of this book is an elderly man and wood carver who lives in a sycamore tree, but throughout the story he finds a bigger tree and moves in. After Harlan makes his home in his new tree, the story plot twists and Harlan becomes young again. This time ...more
Shelby Winstead
This book was a very interesting read for me, and was, to be completely honest, kind of boring. I tried my very best to read it from the perspective of a child, which helped a little, but I feel that the story line would deem a wee bit confusing for young readers. The story is about a man that builds different objects from the trees in the forest. For every tree he cuts down, he plants two new trees. The man, one day, spots a particularly large Sycamore tree with a hole in it that is big enough ...more
Linden
Feb 12, 2014 Linden rated it really liked it
This was a good story about a man named Harlan Burch who made a living being a carpenter. Harlan cared about the earth, so every time he cut down a tree he would plant two more trees in their place. "Somebody might need a tree someday was Harlan Burch's philosophy." One day Harlan came across a tree large enough to live in so he moved right in and grew old there. Then he started growing younger and began a family and raised his children in that tree too. He died at a very old age and left his ...more
Holly Smith
'The man who lived in a tree' is about a man who builds things from trees in the forest. One day, while he is out looking for trees to cut down he sees a large sycamore that has a hole in it, big enough for a bear to live in, or "big enough for him to live in". So him, his dog, and his business move into the large tree and begin their new life there. While living there some weird things happen to him where he is given the chance at new life. He starts to go out dancing and eventually finds a ...more
Angela Marie
Sep 09, 2013 Angela Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: kentucky-author
This was a good story about a man named Harlan Burch who made a living being a carpenter. He was also cared about the earth, so every time he cut down a tree he would plant two more trees. "Somebody might need a tree someday was Harlan Burch's philosophy." One day Harlan cam across a tree large enough to live in so he moved right in and grew old there. Then he started growing younger and began a family and raised his children in that tree too. He died at a very old age and left his ...more
Rebekah
Sep 09, 2013 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Harlan Burch, the protagonist, plants two trees for every tree he cuts down, which proves that we can both utilize the earth's resources and replenish it at the same time. He uses every part of the tree, trying not to waste anything. Anne Shelby does a very good job developing his character. This story could be useful in science, Kentucky history, or environmental classes from Kindergarten until fifth grade. The repetition and rhyme in the story could also be a good to use in a Reading lesson. ...more
Madison Snow
Jan 27, 2014 Madison Snow rated it really liked it
"The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree" is a telling tale about a man named Harlan Burch who keeps living…and living…and living. The inside binding has a lovely illustration of animals under a tree. The illustrations lead the reader through the story and capture the nature in the book well. The text along the pages are scattered making the reader explore the page to help take in the illustrations more. The scattered text also allows you to turn the book helping engage the students giving it a fun ...more
Rachael
Mar 24, 2014 Rachael rated it it was amazing
"The Man Who Lived in a Hallow Tree" gives a new and fun meaning to what a family tree is. Harlan Burch, who's name fits well with the folktale, is an older man who seems to get a break in life when he starts to become young again. It seems his efforts to plant two trees every time he cut one down, payed off. "Every thing from cradles to coffins", Harlan could create it! He even made a Sycamore his humble home! This euphoric picture storybook written by Anne Shelby and illustrated by Cor ...more
Tasha
Apr 02, 2009 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An Appalachian folk tale is turned into a charming picture book with this title. Harlan Burch was a man who lived in a hollow sycamore tree. He was a carpenter and knew immediately when he saw the grand hollow tree that he wanted to make it his home. He lived there for years and years, planting trees. Then something magical happened and he began to get younger. He courted and wed and had a brood of children who all lived in the family tree. And there he lived and lived and lived for a good long ...more
Brittany Tatum
Feb 20, 2014 Brittany Tatum rated it really liked it
Shelves: ky-authors
"The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree" is a fascinating story about a man named Harlan Burch, he was a carpenter who could make just about anything. For every tree that he cut down he replanted two. Years after living in a Sycamore tree he turns young again, he gets married and he has children. Harlan lived to be 142 years old.

I enjoyed this story because it was unpredictable, just when the readers think that they have the story figured out the author throws in the twist of Harlan turning young.
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Rachel Stolzman
Jan 30, 2014 Rachel Stolzman rated it liked it
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"The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree" is a great picture book. The illustrations go along perfectly with the story. I particularly liked how the text wrapped around the picture on pages 15 and 16; I felt like it made the book more interesting. I thought that the environmentalist theme--cutting down one tree and planting two more-- would be great to tie in with Earth Day classroom or to go along with teaching students to be eco-friendly. I also liked how there was some repetition through out the ...more
Clarissa
Sep 28, 2012 Clarissa rated it it was amazing
The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree is written by Anne Shelby and Cor Hazelaar. This book is a lovely story about a man named Harlan Burch who is a carpenter and an environmentalist. Harlan always plants two trees when he cuts one down. He finds a giant sycamore tree and decides to move in. Some odd things start to happen to Harlan. The audience for this book would be children. This story makes a great read aloud. I would use this in my classroom for environmental studies or just as a great ...more
Valerie Jenkins
Sep 17, 2013 Valerie Jenkins rated it really liked it
I thought this was a pretty good book. This book is a kind of book that my 7 year old grandson would enjoy. It was interesting how his name is similar to the author's hometown, Harlan,Ky. This is a story that has been passed down in her family. An older person would enjoy the concept of this story because in almost every family tree, you hear rumors of stories that has been passed down in the family. I didn't care too much for the color back-ground of the pictures. I thought the color was too ...more
Allie Redmon
Sep 11, 2013 Allie Redmon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I found this book to be very well written. I loved the illustrations used in the book, I thought that the colors that were used related to the story. The author Anne Shelby did an amazing job telling the story of the old man, how he went about his days. I loved how she told about the crafts the he made. I feel that this story would be great for younger students, I think that you could use this story to tell about local crafts and art in the Kentucky area.
Katherine Settle
I thought that the author used their imagination very well in this book. Howevever, I did not think the pictures were good at all. The pictures seemed boring to me and I think they would be also to a child. I liked how the book was positive though and helped the man become an even better person. It was very descriptive on everything he was involved in and how much he loved making things. I thought the book was ok, but I would choose a different one to read to children.
Deatrice
Oct 16, 2014 Deatrice rated it it was amazing
What a neat story! There are quilt work patches on every page which were neat to look at but the nicest part is at the end of the book, there is an explanation for each one. This book had some thought put into it which renders it a wonderful and interesting read.
Jason Penckofer
The acrylic illustrations look almost like cut paper. Simple folk tale of a man who enjoys renewed youth. Added (very subtle) ecological message (Harlan plants 2 trees for each 1 he cuts down because
Amy
Mar 18, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
Based on a story the author heard as a child about a man who lived in a tree in Harlan County, Kentucky & who grew all new teeth and hair when he was old. The author takes the story to larger audiences with this book.
Molly
I am partial to an appalacian tale anyway but this is a great one about a man who planted trees and finally moved into one. Living there made him younger and better. Fun story not too wordy just right. The illustrations are based on appalachian quilts and very nice. Ages 5+
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Denise
Jun 17, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it
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I have a soft spot for fables and legends. Enjoyable.
Beth
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Jenette
Aug 15, 2009 Jenette rated it it was amazing
The artwork is fantastic in this book and the story is one of simplicity.
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