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House Held Up by Trees From Pulitzer Prize winning poet Ted Kooser and rising talent Jon Klassen comes a poignant tale of loss change and nature s quiet triumph When the house was new not a single tree remained on its pe

  • Title: House Held Up by Trees
  • Author: Ted Kooser Jon Klassen
  • ISBN: 9780763651077
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Pulitzer Prize winning poet Ted Kooser and rising talent Jon Klassen comes a poignant tale of loss, change, and nature s quiet triumph.When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighboring lots, where thick bushes offered up secret places to play WhenFrom Pulitzer Prize winning poet Ted Kooser and rising talent Jon Klassen comes a poignant tale of loss, change, and nature s quiet triumph.When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighboring lots, where thick bushes offered up secret places to play When the children grew up and moved away, their father, alone in the house, continued his battle against blowing seeds, plucking out sprouting trees Until one day the father, too, moved away, and as the empty house began its decline, the trees began their approach At once wistful and exhilarating, this lovely, lyrical story evokes the inexorable passage of time and the awe inspiring power of nature to lift us up.

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    1. David Schaafsma on said:

      Rereading for Spring 2018 cli fi class.Ted Kooser was U. S. poet laureate 2004-2006. I've been reading his poetry, and saw this, which is not poetry, but which I absolutely loved, a picture book with gorgeous art by one of my favorite illustrators, Jon Klaasen. I am also reading Eaarth, by Bill McKibben, which has has helped confirm my view that within a century or two the planet will be here and we humans will very very likely be gone. So this book as it goes on feeds into my fear/realization i [...]

    2. Hilary on said:

      We really didn't like this story. Two children live with their father, their mother is not around. Whilst their Dad is obsessed with keeping a tidy lawn the children play in the woods. The children grow up and move away, eventually their father follows and puts the house up for sale.We found this a depressing read. Similar in theme to The Green Ship, dealing with loss and time passing but without any joy to balance the sadness. There seemed to be no joy in this book at all. Lots of friends real [...]

    3. Lisa Vegan on said:

      Absolutely stunning! It has gorgeous illustrations and an emotionally powerful story. It touched me deeply. For some reason the last page disappointed me, just a bit. I’m not sure how I would have preferred it to end.But, who is this for?! It’s for me; I loved it. I would have loved it as an older child too. But, it’s extremely sad, maybe even depressing, and I don’t know if it’s for young kids. Perhaps thoughtful and introspective kids, kids who’ve experienced loss, and kids who are [...]

    4. Cheryl on said:

      I was so excited for this. But I'm totally disappointed. Is it because I grew up in the country and am so familiar that with woods taking over old houses that it seems boring to talk about it? Not really, because I love the video in which Kooser talks about this book: youtube/watch?v=fak0n. Is it because I enjoyed that video, and naturally wanted the book to be even more moving and richer? Is it because I read the poem Kooser referred to, "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare, and naturally expec [...]

    5. Arminzerella on said:

      This was unexpectedly sad – I was imagining whimsical forest tree houses from the cover art. A single-parent dad raises his two children in an isolated house with an immaculate lawn (which he keeps in check). The kids love the nearby forest and spend much of their time there. When they are older, they leave home and dad decides to move into town so that he’s not so alone. The house (and lawn) is abandoned (he tries to sell it, but there are no buyers) and eventually the trees reclaim it – [...]

    6. Miriam on said:

      A quiet and lonely little picture book, recommended for children who are not melancholy.

    7. Jason on said:

      My expectations for this book very high, and, alas, they were dashed as I read this book. I love Ted Kooser's poetry, so I was beside myself when I learned he had written two children's books. The first one (Bag in the Wind) was nice enough, but I found it to be boring.With a title like HOUSE HELD UP BY TREES, I thought this title had a lot more potential. The book, however, is sad and depressing. Who is Kooser's audience here? The story follows the deterioration of a house after it is abandoned [...]

    8. Kristen on said:

      My coworker (a teen librarian) and I got into a talk about "librarian books" versus "books kids actually like." There is (obviously) a lot of crossover here, but I feel like there are some books that win awards and every librarian I know loves but that don't really entice children or teens. This felt like one of those books to me. The illustrations are amazing. I love Klassen. LOVE HIM! And the fact that he made 3 books last year that I would have readily given a Caldecott to is nothing short of [...]

    9. Raina on said:

      Beautiful lyrical story that appeals to my treehugging roots.Read with: Our Tree Named SteveThe Night Gardener byTerry Fan Grandpa Green

    10. Hannah Jayne on said:

      Art speaks to my soul more than words do. But this put art and words together quite well. I love it very much. It’s sad. It’s life. It’s beautiful.

    11. PaulHankins on said:

      An older house, fallen into disrepair, is supported by the trees that grow around it and eventually hold it aloft within their branches. In 2010, Ted Kooser gave us BAG IN THE WIND (Candlewick). I had always wanted really good things to happen to and for that title which was illustrated by Barry Root. I thought Kooser's prose read like pure poetry and Roots's illustrations could have stood completely alone, which made the whole of the title so special for me. And I think this is the very thing a [...]

    12. Melki on said:

      Former United States Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, presents a lovely tale of what happens when Mother Nature is allowed to have her way. The gorgeous, ethereal illustrations are by Jon Klassen of I Want My Hat Back fame.

    13. Michele on said:

      Haunting story with beautiful illustrations. A house with a rather energetically mowing father is eventually abandoned and the trees quite literally and realistically take it over, until the last page, where there is a slight leap into the magical. One of the things I like best about the book was that the trees feel a bit menacing, particularly with the dark illustrations. Some children will likely find this story scary. I found this book with its nature takes over theme mesmerizing and thought [...]

    14. Melissa on said:

      Very lyrical, imaginative, with lovely illustrations. I love that this can stand on its own as a fable-y experience, but also that it could be so powerful to introduce this as a text to a young writer along with this video (youtu/fak0ne7nb3Y) and discuss the provenance of ideas, and how inspiration takes artists from what they know to someplace new.NYT Best Illustrated 2012

    15. Joe on said:

      I love Ted Kooser's poetry but, come on man, this is not a story for children. The idea of a house lifted into the air by trees could be both humorous and awe-inspiring, but here both text and pictures are somber and boring. Reading this book to my grandson would be like taking the kid to a funeral.

    16. Anna H on said:

      Beautiful illustrations and a story that seems really sad sometimes -- but I loved it.

    17. Rebecca on said:

      What a strange, sad, poetic book. Perfect color palette for the story. I love Jon Klassen's illustrations.

    18. Natalie VanDusen on said:

      Simply stunning. Beautifully illustrated and so captivating.

    19. Grace on said:

      This book was alright. I had high expectations since I've had it on my To Read list for a long time.My fiance and I read it in the children's section sitting at the little table in the little chairs.The illustrations were emotional and dynamic. The most striking one to me was the one which showed the father after his children had grown up and left, and he finally took a break and rested. And the sun was setting and its vibrant orange was the only hope in the picture. The father was sad and lonel [...]

    20. Joanna Marple on said:

      The sentence under the title reads: Not far from here, I have seen a house held up by the hands of tree. This is its story. While ostensibly about a family, this is the story of a (tree) house on a cleared plot of land. In quiet, contemplative, poetic prose (are we surprised from a poet laureate?) Kooser draws you into these natural surroundings and their subtle persistent lure and power.“Beneath the trees were bushes so thickly woven together that you had to crawl on your hands and knees to g [...]

    21. Barbara on said:

      Just as I loved Bag in the Wind by the same author for its themes and lovely language, I have fallen in love with this book as well. There's something about the inevitable passage of time and nature's ability to heal the wounds created by humanity that stays with me even after I've put this book on my shelves. A house stands alone on a lot where all the trees have been cleared. But there are trees on both sides of the lot where the two children who live in the house love to play. Although seedli [...]

    22. Eliza on said:

      1. “The title of this book is House Held up by Trees. After looking at the cover, what can you predict happens to make this house sit atop a group of trees? (student responses) This story today illustrates an example of how humans can attempt to control the natural world, which is another example of how populations and ecosystems affect one another. This book is written by Ted Koozer who once served as the US poet laureate. He uses a lot of imagery in his writing.2. My opening moves for this b [...]

    23. Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee on said:

      HOUSE HELD UP BY TREES is a wonderful book. Jon Klassen's artwork is perfect for poetry of Ted Kooser's prose. And I very much liked the story. In fact, I think this would be a fabulous book to use in Middle Grade literature classes where you are trying to drag some conversation out of kids, while trying to explain to them the power of languageAT SAID, it's not a book I'd read to younger children. It's not that it's objectionable in any way, but that it's just got a very sad tone.**SPOILERS BEGI [...]

    24. Sue Smith on said:

      This is a kids book that is told as much by the illustrations as it is by the words. In some ways, even more so. It's taking something you've seen and creating a story of how it came to be that way. Of how that writer reached into their imagination or experience and thought how it could have happened. And if that is the case, then Ted Kooser had a desolate childhood. Or knew of someone who did.Thankfully the illustrations make it ok and show the beauty behind the decay.I must have read this 6 or [...]

    25. Stan on said:

      This is a sentimental story, tender but not really heartwarming. The main character is the house. We never learn much about the house or the family that lives there other than the children grew up, and the father persistently cares for the yard and keeps trees from growing. Yet, I felt sadness when the house was abandoned; there is a lot that can be read between the lines of this story. I would expect as much from a good poet like Kooser. Jon Klassen's illustrations also add to the between-the-l [...]

    26. Holly on said:

      Amazing illustrations, of course, because Jon Klassen did them! The story is about a house that was built on a square of earth, and all the trees were cut down to make room for it. The two children who grew up there played among the trees that surrounded it and watched their father meticulously work on the lawn. As the years go by, the surrounding trees' seeds would blow onto the lawn, but the father would pluck out any sprouts that took root. Finally, the father got too old to keep up the house [...]

    27. Fjóla on said:

      I had very high expectations for this book, I was so sure I was going to love it. It's just so exciting to run into brand new books of this visual quality. But the story was a bit of a let down. I can't quite explain why. I was probably hoping for something more magical or poetic and a little less mundane. My son stuck to it, but I was feeling sorry for him, as it's pretty long on words for not finally saying very much. It's still a good book though, I just wish it had been a little more! The i [...]

    28. Connie T. on said:

      According to the flap, this book is both wistful and exhilarating. I disagree; I found it quite sad and depressing. Houses are abandoned all the time but this story was sad before the father left the house. The description of nothing growing around the house makes it feel sterile and unloved. The children's happiness is separate from the father and the house and is associated with the forest. I wanted a fantasy ending: the family comes back, builds a new house and makes an elaborate tree house.

    29. Tricia Douglas on said:

      This was a book that I found on the children's bookclub site, recommended for it's illustrations. It is a beautiful book, but the story is what intriqued me most. The story tells about a family living near a wood, but the father makes sure the trees are always plucked from his beautiful grass. The years go by and as he ages he must move and leave the trees to grow back as they had been. I was very emotional when I read this book because it was quite different than anything I'd read before. Try [...]

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