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The Family Tree by David McPhail

The Family Tree

by David McPhail

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In my opinion “The Family Tree” by David McPhail is a good book for children. I like this book because it addresses an important issue in terms simple enough for young children to understand. In the book a young boy must stop a tree by his house from being cut down to make room for a road. I think that this would be a great book to teach children about nature, and the importance of preserving it. “The Family Tree” is best for readers on a K-2nd grade level. ( )
  swarnk1 | Oct 5, 2015 |
A man works hard to build a home for his family. During that process, he leaves one tree standing on his land. This tree becomes a part of a family because it has survived generations. One day, construction of a new road threatens the existence of the tree. A little boy, determined to keep the tree standing, welcomes the help of a few animal "activists." They're effort will prove to be beneficial, because the road is built, and the tree still stands. ( )
  slbenne1 | Oct 1, 2014 |
David McPhail is awesome and his illustrations have a quiet centeredness to them that really works for this story. I liked the passage of time in the first half of the book but the second half worked less well for me. I'm torn between wanting to introduce concepts such as environmentalism and activism on a child-appropriate level and also wanting to represent the world accurately to children: I am too much a cynic to believe that any road is going to be diverted just because a child says so, and as a result my reaction to this is, "Oh, please." I understand about compressing events and telegraphing narrative arcs. I understand that the suggestion to children that they can have an impact on their lives and surroundings is probably all that is called for here. But where is the middle ground between this particular deliberately naive story and a didactic depiction of dry but effective protests at zoning board and city council meetings? And where did those animals come from? Would it have been more logical and consistent for the story if the descendants of the original settler and their neighbors had rallied to the cause instead of the until-now completely absent gentle animals of the forest? File this one under "Mel Is Too Picky." ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
Warm, appealing story with an environmental message. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
In this story a man who builds a house next to a large tree and years pass and his great great grandson lives in the house and the city wants to build a road but the tre is in the way. The boy stands firms and wont let them build a road where the tree stands so a road is built around the tree.
Source: Pierce County Lirbrary
Ages: 4-6
  lwight | Mar 10, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805090576, Hardcover)

A man in the 1800s comes upon a beautiful forest and decides to build his home there. When he clears the land, he leaves one special tree to grace his front yard. Over the years, several generations of his family enjoy this tree, but it is endangered by a plan to build a highway. A young boy and his host of animal friends get together to make a stand, and give back to the tree which has given them so much.
With lavish illustrations and very few words, David McPhail delivers a timeless environmental message and a heartwarming story for ages 4 to 8.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:28 -0400)

In the 1800s, a man clearing land in a beautiful forest to build a home leaves one special tree, but many years later the tree is in trouble, and the man's great-great grandson enlists a host of animal friends to try to save it.

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