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House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser
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Mar 31, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: picture-book, illustrated
Read on March 31, 2012

Maybe it's because trees are involved but I noticed faint whispers of The Giving Tree.

I didn't enjoy this as much as I felt I should because I kept wondering, "Wait? The father doesn't have a realtor? Didn't he lose a lot of money?" and when I'd turned the last page, "That's it?" I needed a bit more of lesson or a - I don't know - point to the whole thing to make it more meaningful. I understand it's about the bittersweet passage of time but, let's face it, if this is indeed a children's book (and not just an illustrated book for adults), it's not a resonant topic. I'll have to read other people's reviews to see what exactly I missed.

Fans of Klassen's art won't be disappointed. But I much preferred Extra Yarn.
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message 1: by Amy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Amy Totally agree with The Giving Tree feel of the story. I thought the same thing.


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