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Cherry Tree

by Ruskin Bond, Allan Eitzen

Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Pages: 32
Paperback
ISBN: 9781563976216






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Overview of Cherry Tree

A young girl nurses a cherry tree from sprig to seedling and is rewared one year by the sight of small miracle--its first pink blossoms. "Abounds with quiet wisdom and love."--Publishers Weekly. Full-color illustrations.

"This gentle story of a girl in Northern India who grows a cherry tree from seed abounds with quiet wisdom and love of life. . . . Eitzen's atmospheric artwork eloquently portrays the unusual setting, while his choices of moments and details are often singular."--Publishers Weekly. Full color.

Synopsis of Cherry Tree

A young girl nurses a cherry tree from sprig to seedling and is rewared one year by the sight of small miracle--its first pink blossoms. "Abounds with quiet wisdom and love."--Publishers Weekly. Full-color illustrations.

Publishers Weekly

First published in Highlights , this gentle story of a girl in Northern India who grows a cherry tree from seed abounds with quiet wisdom and love of life. Bond's warm text is sympathetic to Rakhi's hopes and fears as she tends her tree, and poetic in its rendering--``Come back when you're a butterfly'' she says to a hungry caterpillar. Time passes, the tree grows until it produces flowers and fruit, and the girl becomes a woman. Eitzen's atmospheric artwork eloquently portrays the unusual setting, while his choices of moments and details are often singular: the wheels of a runaway cart skim across a page; strange creatures whirl out of Grandfather's nighttime tales. A minor cavil: the last page seems tacked on; the penultimate spread in itself makes a more touching closure--contemplating her full-blown tree, `` `How it changed,' she said. `Just like you,' smiled Grandfather.'' Appealingly simple in its treatment of faith, this beguiling picture book may well produce many young arborists. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly

First published in Highlights , this gentle story of a girl in Northern India who grows a cherry tree from seed abounds with quiet wisdom and love of life. Bond's warm text is sympathetic to Rakhi's hopes and fears as she tends her tree, and poetic in its rendering--``Come back when you're a butterfly'' she says to a hungry caterpillar. Time passes, the tree grows until it produces flowers and fruit, and the girl becomes a woman. Eitzen's atmospheric artwork eloquently portrays the unusual setting, while his choices of moments and details are often singular: the wheels of a runaway cart skim across a page; strange creatures whirl out of Grandfather's nighttime tales. A minor cavil: the last page seems tacked on; the penultimate spread in itself makes a more touching closure--contemplating her full-blown tree, `` `How it changed,' she said. `Just like you,' smiled Grandfather.'' Appealingly simple in its treatment of faith, this beguiling picture book may well produce many young arborists. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-- A story set in the foothills of the Himalayas. Six-year-old Rakhi eats cherries on her way home from the bazaar. She savors each bite, but finally none are left. Her grandfather suggests that she plant one of the seeds, even though few fruit trees grow in their stony soil. As time passes, the small tree survives heavy rains, a hungry goat eating its leaves, and a cart spliting it in two. The years go by, and on Rakhi's tenth birthday, the first pink blossom appears. Clear, uncluttered illustrations mix watercolor and collage to complement this simple, quiet story with universal appeal. --Laura Culberg, Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago

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