They’re all leafed out, coloring our world in shades of green. Trees were the theme of the April Picks, and Newsbee is happy to share three reviews with you.
Can you guess which tree has the most bark? Missouri’s state tree, the Dogwood, of course. Now get to “Paging On!” It’s summertime.
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“Stuck,” by Oliver Jeffers.
Reviewed by Mrs. Bade and Mrs. Holdmeyer’s Kindergarten Class, Immaculate Conception School.
IC students enjoyed “Stuck”—Kayden Parmentier thought the book was going to be about things that get stuck, and Emmett Bellow thought the book might be about “the boy’s name.”
Fallyn Blankenship liked Floyd “because he gets things stuck in the tree”; Ella Czeschin appreciated “the firemen that come because they always save the world.”
The part of the book that Sophia Helling liked best was when “Floyd threw the whale in the tree! Whales are supposed to be in the water!” she said.
“Stuck” reminded one student of something: “Last winter my brother Brandon and I were playing outside with our dad. Brandon threw his basketball into the hoop and it got stuck because the net was frozen!”
Reviewed by Mrs. Burke’s Second Grade Class, St. John the Baptist Gildehaus.
“When we read the title, we thought this book would be about a boy who climbed a tree and got stuck, or it would be about a boy who tried to tape leaves back on a tree.
“The story was about a kid who was playing with his kite and it got stuck. He tried to get it down, but he got other things stuck. The things he used to get the kite unstuck got stuck too.
“We liked the book because we like to get stuff stuck in trees. We liked that he threw many funny things into the tree. We are like the boy because we throw things in trees. We would recommend this book to our siblings because they would think it is funny.”
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“House Held Up By Trees,” by Ted Kooser.
Reviewed by Katherine Bolte, Kindergarten, Beaufort Elementary School.
“I liked this book because it’s about a house held up by trees. Someday my dad is probably going to build me a tree house.
“There was a young girl and boy, and they climbed around in the trees. Their father worked hard on the lawn—he cut down some little trees before they were grown. The little trees had leaves on them. Then the girl and boy grew up, and their father grew old. He left a for-sale sign in the yard, and he went to an apartment by his daughter and son.
“The trees started to grow around and the house lifted up as the trees grew taller. At the end of the book, the house was at the top of the trees.
“I liked the pictures in this book because they look like someone painted them. I would tell my friends to read this book because they might like it.”
Reviewed by Sage Sparkman, Third Grade, Central Elementary School.
“Once there was a man with a son and a daughter. The kids often listened for animals or watched their dad pull tree sprouts from the ground. Soon the kids will be older and be gone forever. And then they were gone. The old man kept working and pulling until one day he decided to move away. The tree sprouts grew in the yard. The sale sign broke, but he fixed it. No one ever bought the house. The trees grew big and lifted the house. You could see under it.
“My favorite part is when the trees lift the house off the ground. People should read this book because it is good and it made me wonder what’s out there? It might make you wonder too.”
Reviewed by Sarah Harris, Third Grade, Beaufort Elementary School.
“This story is mostly about a man who tries to keep the trees out of his yard. Then his kids move out of the house so the old man tries to sell his house. He never sold the house, but the trees that he tried so hard to keep out grew taller and lifted the house off its foundation.
“My favorite part is when the kids sat in the woods and watched their father mow the lawn. I recommend this book because it is good if you like stories with funny endings.”
Reviewed by Carlee Weber, Third Grade, Central Elementary School.
“In the book this forest was cut down to make a house. But the trees just keep coming back, so the father tries so hard to keep the trees out.
“One day his children move out, and the father tries to sell the house, but it won’t sell. He was gone so long that the trees grew in and picked up the house.
“My favorite part of the book is when the trees pick up the house and it becomes a tree house because it makes a wonderful house that somebody will actually buy for them or their children.
“I recommend you read this book because it’s a great fiction story with fantastic illustrations your children will love.”
Reviewed by Rachel Bolte, Third Grade, Beaufort Elementary School.
“This is a wonderful book! The book is about a father, a girl and a boy. The girl and boy are kids. The children grow up and move away. The father gets lonely and moves away and then trees grow and actually life the house off the foundation.
“My favorite part was when the father moves and lets the trees grow. Many others should read this because it is a superb book that has a good storyline and wonderful pictures.”
Reviewed by Tanner Mattingly, Third Grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“I thought this book was good and sad. The good part—I knew was going to be good as soon as my teacher held up the book. The sad part was when nobody wanted to buy the house and the house was falling apart.
“My favorite part was when the trees grew. I recommend this book to three people: my dad, my grandpa, and myself. I recommend this book to my grandpa because he works on his lawn a lot—for my dad because he likes to work on his lawn too, and to me because I want a tree house.
“I thought this book was excellent.”
Reviewed by Alana Piontek, Third Grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“I like this book because it is fun to read! I recommend this book to my sister because she always likes our yard to be nice.
“I thought this book was sad when people didn’t care for the house. One person threw rocks and knocked out the windows. They did not even try to fix the gutters or the roof.
“I compare this book to myself because I don’t like it when a whole bunch of leaves are in my yard. I knew right away that I was going to like the book when my teacher read it. “
Reviewed by Maddie Ennis, Third Grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“I really liked this book because I used to go climb in the trees and now I don’t because I am too old, just like the kids in the story.
“To me, the story was sad because the man could not sell his house, people threw rocks at the windows, and the house started to fall apart.
“I would recommend this book to my grandpa because he always takes care of his lawn just like the man in the story.”
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“Zebra Forest,” by Adina Rishe Gewirtz.
Reviewed by Ellie S., Seventh Grade, Meramec Valley Middle School.
“I would highly recommend the book ‘Zebra Forest’ to anyone. This is a story of how Annie and Rew are held captives by an escaped prisoner. My favorite part of the book was when the author revealed the identity of the escaped convict. I never saw it coming. I was truly surprised.
“Rew was my favorite character. In the story he held true to what was right and wrong. Despite the ties Rew had to his captor, he was determined to free his family and send the prisoner back to jail.
“This book is for anyone who likes a book that keeps you on edge. I enjoyed reading it and couldn’t put it down. I think others will as well.”