by Shetterly, Susan Hand, 1942-

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB SHETTERLY Susan
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB SHETTERLY Susan
Sophie's grandfather is a logger, and she watches as he harvests trees that will be cut into boards to build houses and furniture -- but lets the tallest, wind-firm trees stay, to drop their seeds and start a new generation. Deer and birds and even a bear share the forest's shelter, and Sophie discovers that when we take care of the woods, it provides for us for generations to come.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5^-8. In this picture book set in Maine, a woman recalls the time spent with her grandfather as a girl, when she learned about nature and the proper stewardship of the land. The story moves from one remembered encounter with the natural world to another, with the grandfather serving as the guide. Matching the quiet simplicity of the words are McCall's oil paint illustrations. Painted with a soft, impressionistic quality, they evoke not only the changing light and moods of the woods, but also the feel of distant and cherished memories. Particularly striking is a deceptively simple picture of two birch trees at twilight. At the end of the book, the girl learns how proper care of the land can lead to the regeneration of the forest, even after logging. A striking and effective natural history. A teacher's guide is available. --Todd Morning"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A logger tutors his granddaughter when she goes to live with him for a summer. Narrator Sophie watches deer in the cold dawn and learns to identify trees by sight and touch as her grandfather, in contrast to his clear-cutting neighbors, selectively cuts maples, leaving "the wind-firm trees, the tallest and the biggest" to resow the soil. Shetterly's (The Tinker of Salt Cove) narrative takes a few abrupt turns (e.g., a scene with the girl and her mother shifts immediately to one of the girl's grandfather teaching her the names of trees), but she studs her text with poetic description. Debut illustrator McCall's oil paintings evoke the awe in spotting a black bear or the glow of birch bark as daylight fades. While human faces and figures are somewhat awkwardly rendered, the hazily atmospheric natural landscapes effectively conjure the look of predawn mist and oxen exhaling clouds in frigid air. The book's title--a description of how big trees protect the smaller ones--is indicative of the diverse ways of nurturing represented within this volume, including how the natural world nourishes people. Ages 8-11. (Oct.) FYI: A 96-page teacher's guide is available ($9.95 -211-1). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Trees -- Fiction.
Forests and forestry -- Fiction.
Nature -- Fiction.
Grandfathers -- Fiction.
Publisher Gardiner, Me. :Tilbury House Publishers,1999
Contributors McCall, Rebecca Haley.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 0884482103 (hc : alk. paper)
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