The Gift of the Tree

by Alvin Tresselt

On Sale: 03/24/1992

The Gift of the Tree

by Alvin Tresselt

illustrated by Henri Sorensen

On Sale: 03/24/1992


About the Book

Award-winning author Alvin Tresselt's classic story about the cycle of life is beautifully illustrated and an excellent resource for families.

The Gift of the Tree reveals the role of an ancient oak tree in the cycle of nature as it dies and returns to the earth, providing nourishment for new life all around it.

Originally published in 1972 under the title The Dead Tree, this story about the cycle of nature has never been more timely. Henri Sorensen’s exquisite paintings for this reillustrated edition capture all the beauty and power of the tree’s transformations.

As School Library Journal commented: "The interdependence of plant and animal life is clearly evident, including both those that seek its shelter and those that hasten the decaying process to prepare the soil for new life. The original text stands the test of time, reaching its audience with power and emotion as it directs attention to the forces of nature at work."

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Critical Praise

Impressionistic illustrations beautifully reflect an evocative text. - Kirkus Reviews

New illustrations breathe freshness into this book originally published as The Dead Tree (Parents, 1972; o.p.). [The illustrations] promote a full understanding of the natural cycle of trees, ever changing, ever renewing. - School Library Journal


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780688106843
  • ISBN 10: 0688106846
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 03/24/1992
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Seasons
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying

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