________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 5 . . . . October 28, 2005

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Three Tall Trees.

David Weale. Illustrated by Dale McNevin.
Charlottetown, PE: The Acorn Press, 2004.
24 pp., pbk, $7.95.
ISBN 1-894838-13-0.

Subject Headings:
Trees - Juvenile fiction.
Brothers - Juvenile fiction.
Crows - Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 3-8.

Review by Alison Mews.

*** /4

excerpt:

Way down near the ground

where the truth can be found

is a sight to amaze and enthrall

for there you can see just as plain as can be

these three trees aren't three trees at all

"That's crazy," says Jacob

"It can't be," says Paul

"No way," chimes Elijah Ali

but hard as they try

they just can't deny

they're parts of the very same tree.

 

internal art

This is a second collaboration between the author/illustrator team that created the acclaimed book, The True Meaning of Crumbfest. David Weale, a professor at University of Prince Edward Island, uses his experience as a storyteller to give voice to a crow's version of “the tale of the three tall trees.” He employs a rhythmical structure that begs to be read aloud as the crow relates how three argumentative trees, whose boasting of "greatness and glory" turns physical, rediscover that they share the same trunk. The messages are clear - that all living things are connected, and that we should live together peacefully.

     The illustrations, by PEI artist Dale McNevin, have a rustic charm. She incorporates plenty of woodland and domestic animals in unlikely combinations that reinforce the theme of peaceful coexistence. For instance, in one picture a crow, a cat (with mice sleeping on it) and two squirrels are all perched together in the tree.

Recommended.

Alison Mews is the librarian of the Curriculum Materials Centre in the G.A. Hickman Bldg. at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, NL.

 

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