The Gift of the Tree (aka The Dead Tree) by Alvin Tresselt

The Gift of the Tree (aka The Dead Tree) by Alvin TresseltThe Gift of the Tree by Alvine Tresselt
Illustrator: Henri Sorensen
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Juvenile Fiction, Nature & the Natural World, Social Issues
Published by HarperCollins on March 24, 1992
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased at ThriftBooks
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Tresselt's classic story of The Dead Tree is given new life in this gloriously reillustrated volume. The role of an oak tree in the cycle of nature is revealed as an ancient tree, even as it dies and returns to the earth, provides nourishment for new life all around it.

Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press Second Grade Curriculum
Read on April 07, 2015 — I own a copy

This is on out book list for Memoria Press. (Off the top of my head I’m not sure if it’s for First or Second, but I believe it is in the Second Grade Classical Core Curriculum). Alvin Tresselt is not new to our bookshelf. Not is he new in recommendation by Memoria Press Classical Core curriculum. We also have Hide and Seek Fog and White Snow, Bright Snow both also Memoria Press primary literature read alouds as well as Rain, Drop, Splash which is apparently his first success tests on our shelf. We’re reading this tonight to go along with our Forest for the Trees unit study, but I look forward to costing it again when we reach it in our studies next year.

The Gift of the TreeApparently this is a republished story originally titled The Dead Tree (1972) now renamed The Gift of the Tree giving it much more positive outlook as well as fresh (1992) painting illustrations bring the wood habitat to life focusing on one tree.

It’s educational and lovely talking about the seasons, life span of a tree, and all the creatures that rely on it. A good recommendation from both Memoria Press and specifically HomeschoolLegacy’s Forest for the Trees unit study.

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We also have a few other books by Alvin Tresselt on our shelves (most recommended by Memoria Press as well) including White Snow, Bright Snow and Hide and Seek Fog, as well as Rain, Drop Splash! which we have all enjoyed so far.

About Alvine Tresselt

Alvin Tresselt (1916-2000) was born in New Jersey. He was an editor for Humpty Dumpty magazine and an executive editor for Parent’s Magazine Press before becoming an instructor and the Dean of Faculty for the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut. He wrote over thirty children’s books, selling over a million copies. Although White Snow, Bright Snow won the Caldecott Medal in 1948, his best-known book is a retelling of the Ukranian folk tale The Mitten. Tresselt was a pioneer in children’s writing, well known for his poetic prose style. He created the “mood” picture book, in which the setting and description for a story was even more important than the characters and plot.
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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.