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House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser
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Jul 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-books
Read in July, 2012

Haunting story with beautiful illustrations. A house with a rather energetically mowing father is eventually abandoned and the trees quite literally and realistically take it over, until the last page, where there is a slight leap into the magical. One of the things I like best about the book was that the trees feel a bit menacing, particularly with the dark illustrations. Some children will likely find this story scary. I found this book with its nature takes over theme mesmerizing and thought provoking, especially as the trees both destroy and support. Occasionally the juxtaposition of the life of the father and progress of the trees seems jarring.
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