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Money Tree, the with CD

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
In this first book written and illustrated by the beloved husband-and-wife team, a background of pale, beautifully-detailed watercolors sets the tone for a thought-provoking parable that will charm young listeners.
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Published March 30th 2007 by Live Oak Media (NY) (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
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.

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
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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.
I must be missing something. I mean, ok, yes, greed is not only bad but embarrassing, and self-sufficiency and hard work are good. But the mc looks so very sad in all the pictures. Her animal companions are adorable, though!
Jan 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca Waring-Crane
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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?
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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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