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Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  34 reviews
“Bob lived in the big city. The city was very crowded .”
A true story about Bob Redman, a New York City boy who built a series of intricate treehouses hidden in Central Park.
This picture book tells the true story of Bob Redman, a child growing up in New York City. Tired of the noise, the people, and the rushing around, Bob took shelter in the natural beauty of Central P
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Sterling Children's Books (first published 2018)
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Donna Borgerding
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a delightful picture book! It is the true story of Bob Redman. He lived near Central Park and loved the trees there. He was more comfortable in the trees than anywhere else, so he built a treehouse! It was taken down by the park staff, but he built another and another and another. He built twelve treehouses in all, from age thirteen to twenty-one.

The author is married to Bob.
Gary Anderson
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Up In the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses is a charming picture book biography of arborist Bob Redman. As a child, Bob longs to escape the crowds of New York City and the drudgery of his school days, so he begins building treehouses in Central Park. Bob loves seeing the city from this new perspective and especially enjoys the freedom of being surrounded by nature while still in Manhattan. As soon as Bob’s treehouses are built, however, park maintenance workers remove them. ...more
Juliana Lee
True story of the boy who hated the crowded city and built his own refuge among the trees of Central Park. Each treehouse was bigger and more elaborate than the last. In the end, the boy became a man, and the man became an arborist.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Up in the Leaves tells the true story of Bob Redman's boyhood obsession of building treehouses in Central Park. Bob is the author's husband.

I think kids would find it entertaining that Bob's treehouses are always taken down, and yet he perseveres. It would also be a good text for exploring the multiple intelligences, how some people feel more at home in nature.

The illustrations by Jamey Christoph are in a watercolor style. It reminds me of the art in Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Frien
Tonja Drecker
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This warming story grabs with a gentle adventure many kids enjoy, climbing trees, and shows the wondrous paths life can take.

This true story tells of Bob Redman, a kid in New York, who never felt at home between concrete, streets and buildings. Finding comfort and joy in climbing trees, he soon takes it a step further and begins to builds tree houses in Central Park. Each time, the tree houses are ripped down, but he builds again. His love for being in the trees continues for many years and blos
Baby Bookworm
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Up In The Leaves: The True Story Of The Central Park Treehouses, written by Shira Boss and illustrated by Jamey Christoph, a sweet story of a boy’s creativity and love of trees shaping his destiny.

Bob had never been a huge fan of the city life: the noise, the traffic, the crowds. So after school, he would head straight to Central Park and climb up into the tree
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover artwork drew me in about these secret treehouses in Central Park. Readers may enjoy where a young man's passion eventually lead him.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My nearly-5 year old son and I *adore* this book. We love that it is based on a true story. He loves the idea of making treehouses and having a job getting to climb trees. I love the language and the idea of a nonconformist making a place for himself in the world. We both love the illustrations. We've had it out from the library for 3 weeks now and when I read it to him last night for about the 20th time, he wistfully sighed, "I just love this book." That's high praise from a kid who usually pre ...more
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Up in the Leaves by Shira Boss, illustrated by Jamey Christoph. PICTURE BOOK Sterling Children’s Books, 2018. $17. 9781454920717



Bob Redman lives in busy New York City but he doesn’t like feeling closed in, so he often climbs things to get above the rush of people. His favorite place to climb is at Central Park and he eventually starts to build tree-houses in the park’s trees. The city workers take down his tree-houses whenever they
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the true story of a young man who lived in a crowded New York City and sought out wild places where he could find some peace.

At first, he just climbed the trees. Then he started building rudimentary tree houses. Every fall, after the leaves were down, the tree houses would disappear. As he grew in age, so did the complexity of his constructions. Still, they disappeared.

As he ages, his family wishes he would go out and get a job in the 'real world.' One day that all changes when he gets
Becky B
A boy longing for freedom and space in the midst of New York City, found solace in the branches of the trees of Central Park and built a number of tree houses. When the park workers took down one of his tree houses, he just built another. Until one day the park workers had another proposition for Bob.

This is a fascinating picture book biography of a man/boy who practically became an urban legend. It seems a little too wild to be true. And I love how the park's solution for their problem. They pu
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!!
Recommended to Relyn by: Junior Library Guild selection
Shelves: library-lessons
Oh, I do wish I could give this more than a five star rating. This book is AMAZING! I read it to 15 classes this week - all my second, third, and fourth graders. Every single student loved it. I had parents come to talk to me about it because their kids were going home and telling them about it. By the way, I am the librarian, not the classroom teacher. That's an amazing book.

Teaching Tie-In Topics
- New York City & maps
- Central Park
- Tree houses, building , stem
- passions when you are
Heydi Smith
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-storytime
A fantastic addition to a tree storytime or a job storytime.

This book is about a kid who loves trees; so much so he builds tree houses in the park. He ends up getting a job with the parks department and becoming an arborist. This is a great book because it is an unusual occupation but one that is very important.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The illustrations were good, but the story didn't clicked with me. The story of a boy in love with nature, who goes from building tree houses to working for Central Park in NYC.

Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A boy escapes the bustle of the city by building treehouse after treehouse.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful pictures. Interesting true story.
Beautiful story, beautiful language! Great mentor text!
Jenny Yergin
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this story. I could not imagine living in the city without trees around. It amazing to see that he got to stay with his trees after all.
Desiree Sotomayor
Liked the art & the text to illustration ratio, although just didn't feel this one quite as much as the Curiosity book.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really interesting book based on the true story of young Bob Redman who loved to be up in the leaves in Central Park.
Laura Pineda Uribe
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No leo muy bien en inglés pero este libro me sacó unas cuantas lágrimas de emoción. Hermosa historia de la vida real, texto e ilustraciones.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are no words for how much I adore this book AND this story!
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this story of a boy who built treehouses in the trees in Central Park.
Lara Samuels
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book on following your passion and treehouses in Central Park.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
AR 3.3
Mary Baumer
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So loved this book. Every child should have this book read to them!
The true story of a boy who built twelve different tree houses in Central Park before becoming a Park Employee himself.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I really like the way this story is told, although there is rhyming that is intermittent enough that it is a bit annoying in its inconsistency.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Crazy for these illustrations, and the true story that goes along with them is neat, too.
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Shira Boss lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, three blocks from Central Park. Up In The Leaves is her second book. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University, including a master’s in journalism. When her Japanese maple tree needed pruning, several people suggested she call arborist Bob Redman. He said it was the smallest tree he has ever worked ...more