About the book: Trees are destroyed to make way for a house lived in by a father and his two children. The father spends all of his free time striving for the perfect lawn by removing anything that tries to grow while his children crawl about playing happily in amongst the wild trees next door. As time passes, the father is left on is own until he abandons the house. With no one wanting to buy it stands empty and nature, kept at bay for so long, takes over until the house has been occupied in a different way.
Reasons for selection: Ted Kooser’s lyrical prose is perfectly complemented by Jon Klassen’s evocative illustrations in this thoughtful reflective read with rich themes. The text is simple and understated but there’s a sense of deeper emotions underpinning the book. This is executed with subtlety and there more suited to readers from 9+ who will be able to question some of the things that they see and have a greater emotional resource to draw on.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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