The grandad tree

Author Cooke, Trish.
Language English
Cambridge Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2000


The changing nature of their apple tree, as it grows and goes through the seasons, reminds Leigh and Vin of their grandfather, who is gone but lives on in their memories.

Subjects :

  • Juvenile fiction
  • Fiction
  • Death
  • Nature stories
  • Trees
  • Grandfathers
  • Nature

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 13th Edition, 2002 , National Council of Teachers of English
  • Booklist Book Review Stars, June 1 & 15, 2000 , American Library Association
  • Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Fourth Edition, 2003 , National Council of Teachers of English

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Reading Measurement Programs:

Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:) 2000.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Lower Grade
Book Level 2.4
Accelerated Reader Points 0

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 460
Accelerated Reader Points

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Reviews :

Ellen Mandel (Booklist, June 1 & 15, 2000 (Vol. 96, No. 19 & 20))
Like the strong, lean branches of a tree, Cooke's spare words form a frame for Wilson's lush, evocative pastel artwork. With fresh appeal and poignancy, the art and text draw the familiar analogy between the seasons of nature and the passage of human life. Wilson's art--a stunning blend of realism and impressionism--pictures Grandad and his grandchildren together under the apple tree at the bottom of the garden. Sometimes they're repairing a bicycle, laughing, or listening to Grandad play his fiddle beneath branches laden with ripe apples. As autumn approaches, Grandad sits in the tree's shade while the children harvest fruit. Winter sees a frailer Grandad watching from his bedroom window as the youngsters play in the snow under the tree. Then Grandad dies, but he doesn't really go away: the children study him in photos in the family album, play his fiddle, and plant and nurture an apple tree in his memory. The family is African American, but the sentiments conveyed are universal in this quiet, tender story, ripe with meaning and love. A beautiful book to soothe mourning hearts and celebrate intergenerational relationships. Category: Middle Readers. 2000, Candlewick, $15.99. Ages 6-8. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Lisa Hillstrom (Children's Literature)
The story leads us on a symbolic circle--grandad's life through an apple tree's seasons. It begins at a full-grown apple tree with the children talking about their grandad. Each season of the tree is a season in their grandad's life. First he was a man, then a husband, next a father, and then a grandad. The soft illustrations gently lead the reader through grandad's life and then to his death. Delicately, the reader is reminded that people don't go away forever because of the memories that are left behind. The story ends back at the apple tree, where the children plant another seedling next to it in remembrance of their grandad. This book is a celebration of life more than anything else. It may help the very young understand aging, or it may help to cope with the loss of a loved one. 2000, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 4 to 8.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

S. Latson (Parent Council Volume 8)
This beautifully illustrated book about the cycle of life uses an apple tree as metaphor. Leigh plants a seed with her grandfather and then watches it bloom and grow. As the apple tree changes with the seasons, the family changes and grows older. The love they have for their grandfather, however, continues forever. A gentle book, with a simple, yet powerful message. 2000, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 3 to 10.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Wade Kinnin (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 13, No. 2))
THE GRANDAD TREE is a story about the seasons and changes of life. Vin and her brother Leigh relate how the apple tree in their backyard will be there forever. It will remind them of all the many times they played with their Granddad underneath it. In spring the tree is covered with blossoms, in summer the tree bears fruit, in autumn the leaves fall off, and in winter it is covered with snow. The apple tree changes with the seasons, yet it does not go away. Therefore, their love and memories of their Granddad will be there forever because they will remember. This story presents a great analogy for those children who have had to deal with the death of a loved one. As long as they remember all the wonderful times they have shared with the person, that loved one will live forever. The beautiful full-page illustrations captivate the reader and depict the changes in the seasons and in life. Grades PreK-2. 2000, Candlewick, Unpaged, $15.99. Ages 3 to 8.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

Errol Lloyd (Books for Keeps No. 123, July 2000)
This book deals with the sensitive subject of death, using the seasonal changes that occur in nature - represented here by an apple tree - as a metaphor for the cycle of birth, death and renewal in human life. In the text, Leigh and Vin share the last months of Grandad's long life (which started in the Caribbean) without any clear inkling of his impending demise. Their acceptance of the changes that occur to the apple tree in whose shadow they play (often with Grandad in the background) allow them however to place Grandad's eventual death in a broader natural context. The illustrations, appropriately impressionistic, are an intelligent interpretation to the subtle, economical text. Category: 5-8 Infant/Junior. Rating: **** (Very Good). ...., Walker, 32pp, 9.99 hbk. Ages 5 to 8.
(PUBLISHER: Walker (London:), PUBLISHED: 2000.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Cambridge Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
[26] p.:
PZ7.C77494 Gr 2000
London: Walker, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
1 v.:
Cambridge Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
1 v. (unpaged):
PZ7.C77494 ([E])

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