House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser

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Read House Held Up by Trees Online Free - 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. 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.

Title : House Held Up by Trees
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ISBN : 0763651079
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 pages


David rated it ★★★★★

October 05, 2016

Ted Kooser was US poet laureate of the US in 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...

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2012

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 olde...

Arminzerella rated it ★★★☆☆

April 06, 2012

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,...

Cheryl rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 08, 2017

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:

Raina rated it ★★★★☆

October 14, 2016

Beautiful lyrical story that appeals to my treehugging roots. Read with: Our Tree Named Steve The Night Gardener by Terry Fan Grandpa Green

Miriam rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2014

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

Paul rated it ★★★★★

April 07, 2012

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...

Jason rated it ★★★☆☆

April 21, 2012

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 HEL...

Kristen rated it ★★★☆☆

January 30, 2013

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...

Melki rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2015

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.

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