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The tree in the courtyard : looking through Anne Frank's window

by Gottesfeld, Jeff,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 11 copies
Available (11)
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Juvenile Picture Book J PIC Gott
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  J PIC Gott
Coraopolis Memorial Library Juvenile Picture Books J PIC GOT
Location  Coraopolis Memorial Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Call Number  J PIC GOT
Hampton Community Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 940.5318 GOT
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Easy Fiction E FIC GOT
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Collection  Easy Fiction
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Northern Tier Regional Library Picture Book J PB GOTTE
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  J PB GOTTE
Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC GOTTESFELD
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Collection  Children's Picture Books
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j GOT
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E GOT
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK GOTTESFELD
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
South Fayette Township Library Picture Book - Informational J I BIOGRAPHY FRA
Location  South Fayette Township Library
Collection  Picture Book - Informational
Whitehall Public Library Picture Books PIC Gottesfeld
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Collection  Picture Books
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The tree in the courtyard was a horse chestnut. Her leaves were green stars; her flowers foaming cones of white and pink. Seagulls flocked to her shade. She spread roots and reached skyward in peace.

The tree watched a little girl, who played and laughed and wrote in a diary. When strangers invaded the city and warplanes roared overhead, the tree watched the girl peek out of the curtained window of the annex. It watched as she and her family were taken away-and when her father returned after the war, alone.

The tree died the summer Anne Frank would have turned eighty-one, but its seeds and saplings have been planted around the world as a symbol of peace. Its story, and Anne's story, are beautifully told and illustrated in this powerful picture book.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* With subtlety, Gottesfeld tells Anne Frank's story from the perspective of the glorious horse chestnut tree that grew outside Anne's father's factory and stretched up to the annex attic where her family and others were hidden. Given the narrative's point of view, the most disturbing details of WWII and the Holocaust are not elaborated upon, maintaining a gentle detachment that makes the dramatic episode appropriate for the youngest of students. The poignancy of the parallels between Anne and the tree becomes pointed when readers realize that young Anne dies before help arrives, and though many make tremendous efforts to rescue the 172-year-old tree, it still succumbs to its age. Yet Anne and the tree live on as explained in the author's note: Anne through her writing; the tree through its saplings. McCarty uses his stippled pen-and-ink style to great effect here: the shapes are soft, and the sepia ink conveys somber but warm sensitivity, all while maintaining a whisper of realism that hints at the dire circumstances Anne and the tree both face. McCarty's piercing portrait of Anne on the closing page, looking out her window and gazing directly at the reader, is particularly stunning. Haunting and deeply affecting, this take on Anne Frank's iconic story will be one readers won't easily forget.--McDermott, Jeanne Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gottesfeld (Anne Frank and Me) imagines that a massive horse chestnut tree, with leaves like "green stars," was a stalwart, loving observer of Anne Frank as she hid with her family for two years (the afterword notes that the tree is mentioned three times in The Diary of a Young Girl). The tree watches through an attic window as Anne fills the pages of her red-and-white diary and has her first kiss; when the family is taken away, the tree keeps vigil for them season after season. Writing with a quiet lyricism, Gottesfeld portrays the tree as never understanding why the family has to stay inside, or the forces that swept them away, which makes it a poignant surrogate for readers who are themselves coming to grips with happened to Anne and all the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. McCarty's (Bunny Dreams) sepia drawings, somber tableaus textured like fine engravings, convey the seriousness and sadness of the story, though perhaps less of Anne's exuberant personality. Ages 5-8. Author's agent: Jason Yarn, Paradigm Talent Agency. Illustrator's agent: Gotham Group. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Frank, Anne, -- 1929-1945 -- Juvenile fiction.
Frank, Anne, -- 1929-1945 -- Fiction.
Trees -- Juvenile fiction.
Jews -- Netherlands -- Juvenile fiction.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Juvenile fiction.
Trees -- Fiction.
Jews -- Netherlands -- Fiction.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Contributors McCarty, Peter, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780385753975
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