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The Money Tree

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  146 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Miss McGillicuddy's simple country routine continues through-out the year in spite of a very unusual tree growing in her yard.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Square Fish (first published September 6th 1991)
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Lisa Vegan
It’s official: I am in love with this wife-husband author-illustrator team. This is the fifth book by them that I’ve read. I particularly adore Small’s illustrations.

I wasn’t sure I’d like this one; the premise seemed weird and the story a tad too message heavy, but I really enjoyed it.

I was enchanted by all the pictures, in particular those of the dogs, cats, and birds, but all of them really. The autumn leaves on the inside cover pages are gorgeous.

The story goes from January to December, one
Hailey White
While the ending surprised me....and I'm not certain still if I liked it or not, the illustrations captivated my children and myself.
May 13, 2010 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I really enjoyed this book! It depicts a woman who lives in the country and quietly goes about her chores: planting a garden, caring for her pets, making a quilt, reading a book, etc. All the while, a money tree sprouts up in her yard and people go nuts trying to harvest the leaves. It is a simple story and tells about a woman unimpressed with material wealth, but comforted by a warm fire on a winter's night. It speaks of a simpler life, one that is not defined by dollars, but by the quality and ...more
I used this as the first book in the Sarah Stewart author study with 2nd grade. I used the kit with the CD, which was nice because it has the background noises and everything. One of the kids said it was kind of like watching a movie. The idea of a "money tree" was fascinating to the kids, as well. I took the activity idea from Patte---I had the kids draw what they think a money tree would look like and then on the back write what they would do if a money tree grew in their yard.
Nov 30, 2007 Carolina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody with a soul
This book encapsulates my ideal reclusive, rural, self-sufficient life, complete with three dogs and a working fireplace. A cozy book, but with a faintly distressing central theme come at from the side. What you get is not a lesson in morality but an open-ended question. I like a writer who trusts a reader that way. And, as always, David Small's artwork has a way of somehow capturing essence in posture and look. Simple, wonderful.
A fun idea for a book. I thought it was a tad preachy, but still fascinating.

The kids were listening to this on-tape in the next room, and Matt and I were drawn several times over to them to check out the illustrations that could accompany such mind-sparking text.
Nov 13, 2009 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you, and you, and you, and.....
Recommended to Jen by: Montambo
Greed. It gets all of us, sometime.

My favorite picture in this book is when autumn comes and finds Miss M carving a pumpkin. She stands and watches people at the foot of the money tree, knife clasped behind her back. Perfection.

At the end my children were both "Is she crazy?" The events of this book lead to a very interesting discussion about just why Miss McGillicuddy may have taken the actions she did.

The book also has lovely illustrations.
Feb 23, 2014 Sheri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Speers, Rosie Taylor, Janet Smart, Quinn Cole,
Recommended to Sheri by: goodreads suggested
I checked this book out in a new release of a 1991 book. It was illustrated by David Small. I did not like the sad way the main character was drawn. The cummulative monthly story about a tree growing in her yard that she didn't plant but all the neighbors and others come to harvest the money. She doesn't seem bothered by the people who come to see and take from her. I think I would read it aloud and then ask
older 3rd -5th grade students about their feelings and thoughts about a money tree and wh
Book Title: The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart

Short Description: In this story, Miss McGillicuddy watches, throughout the year, a strange plant that is growing in her garden.

Narrative Features I would use in a mini-lesson:

1. Conflict and resolution: Sarah Stewart uses this story to show the conflict of man vs society. She describes the greediness of people in a powerful way. (In July, the town officials came by to borrow some of the greenery for some special projects. In August, she noticed th
Kristina Moss
The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart is about a woman who lives in a country town. After tending to her daily garden needs, the women soon learns that a unexpected tree blossoming from her yard. While others go crazy about the unique tree she seems disinterested. This story was so great and heartfelt because it display how material things or wealth aren't important. I would use this book in my classroom to teach my students that material things around you aren't always important.
This book I believe is open to interpretation. There were 3 of us who read it and we all had different ideas as to why it ended the way it did. The illustrations mix fantasy with the classical paintings you might find in an art gallery. This book was very well done.
I sense there's something profound going on here, but I'm not sure I can discern what it is. That money will soon pass away? That the rhythms of life matter more than a tree that is here today and gone tomorrow? The serenity of the protagonist amid the frenzy of her neighbors appeals to me. Haunting.
I adore every book that Sarah Stewart has written and her husband has illustrated. BUT will someone please explain the ending of this story to me. Why did the tree get cut down in December by her and the neighbor boys and the last page read

"Miss McGillicuddy gave each boy a loaf of homemade bread, a jar of strawberry jam, and a bouquet of dried flowers. Then she said goodbye, walked toward the warmth of the fire, and smiled to herself."

I need things in black and white I guess. And I sure once I
Stewart's books are just so graceful.
Another Sarah Stewart/David Small picture book. More of a serious theme this time, about a woman who has a money tree start growing in her yard. While she goes about doing her normal day-to-day activities, everyone around her assails upon her money tree to get a piece of it. Great conversational material about how some people let money take over their lives and how those who don't are more content.

The Money Tree tells its story through deceptively simple, almost circumspect text and rich, endlessly evocative illustrations. It movingly captures the enduring beauty and reassurances of and in the changes of the seasons. The book simultaneously pays tribute to personal resilience and communal generosity.

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Sarah Stewart is not just one of the best kidlit authors around, she's one of the best authors. Always with a message of hope in her work, Stewart tackles deep issues. These are some of my most favorite of David Small's illustrations, too. The scene in which the boys chop down the money tree is breath-taking. I'd love to read this aloud to a middle school group and get their responses.
29 months - not our most favorite story by this author/illustrator duo. The illustrations were as always beautiful and the dogs and cats reminded us of our past and present friends. O is a bit young to understand the story she asked me what money was, oh to be two again. So more than likely this story will spark some interesting discussions as she gets older.
J. Torres
While the illustrations by David Small are quite lovely, the text by Sarah Stewart lacks a little something to make this familiar story more memorable. It does have a subtle charm, however, and an interesting structure but I was waiting for a clever twist or... simply something more to happen in the story. Not a bad read.
A strange little fantasy book about a money tree that appears in a field near a woman's house. I could see this being used as a discussion starter when kids are studying money/finances etc. As always, Small's art is gorgeous.
Rebecca Waring-Crane
Technically this title belongs on the Children's shelf. But I think it's a bona fide crossover tale that, while masquerading as another picture book, holds wisdom for all ages. What would happen if money grew on trees?
Not sure the point that's being made. Not to be greedy? Share? Be generous but if you don't want to or get tired of it then destroy the source for others? Anyway, too subtle or something. The pictures are fine.
I'm a fan of the Stewart/Small duo. The heroine of The Money Tree, like the rest of theirs, is quiet, contemplative, and a lover of beauty--NOT a lover of money. (which is key in this story)
Didn't connect as much as we do to the other Stewart/Small books. Still has a great moral and illustrations, but lacked that je ne sais quoi that's so magical about their other work.
The concept of going through each month from January to December was ok, but storyline about the mysterious tree was lacking.
I've read this book dozens of times and it always provokes thought for me. It's the right mix of openness and message for me.
Lovely illustration. Nice enough story though rather goody-goody.
Roshunda Harris
This book is great to use with a lesson for teaching about money.
Mar 22, 2008 Jeni marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Stewart said this is her favorite.
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Wife of famed illustrator, David Small, Sarah Stewart has written a number of children's books. She grew up in Texas, and lives in Michigan with her husband.
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