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A Tree for Max by Jerry Halberstadt
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Jan 21, 2012

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it was amazing
Read in November, 2011

Readers praise A Tree for Max

What a wonderful book! My second-grade students loved it. We loved the photos and the concept. It sparked up a nice conversation about nature. I would definitely share this book with future students, especially in the fall with apple picking season and new beginnings with a new school year. I forwarded it to a few of my colleagues to share with their students. Personally I loved the book, probably in a different way than my students. A Tree for Max has messages for both adults and children. —Amy Eagan, 2nd grade teacher

My son Julian, 3rd grade, liked A Tree for Max a lot. Julian read it alone. He sat down and read it from beginning to end without any stop. He said the plot was interesting and liked that there were real pictures. He also took pleasure in retelling me the story, which is very unusual! He normally does not like to tell about what he reads, but this time, explained it to me in great detail.—Pascal, Julian’s dad.

It is a very well written, thoughtful book that I recommend because our children really responded to it. Our girls, Taylor (7 years, 2nd grade) and Ally (5 years) loved A Tree for Max, both the storyline and the pictures. Teddy and I read the book to the children, although our 7 year old could have read it alone.—Andrea

My granddaughter, Kyla, (8 years, grade 3) loved the book. I read it to her and next she read it to me. We have talked frequently of seasonal changes that the book brought to light. She tells me that she especially loves Grandfather Apple and the guard dog. This is a very thought provoking subject that allowed Papa to spend some quality time with his granddaughter. Kyla has shared it with several friends, and I have recommended it to her teacher.—Gerry T.

My children, Michael, age 8 and Philomena, age 5, both enjoyed A Tree for Max. They enjoyed the personalities of the trees and of course, the pictures. Michael, who is home-schooled, said that the role of the swans as messengers stood out most in his mind, saying, “It was a good idea for swans to be messengers because they can fly.” Reading this warm and touching story, people can relate these physical and emotional events in a meaningful way to their own lives. —Janel

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