Little Tree by E. E. Cummings

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"Hardcover: 32 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.41 x 11.36 x 10.14 Publisher: Hyperion; 1st ed edition (September 3, 2001) ISBN: 0786807954 Ages 4-8 ""Little tree/ little silent Christmas tree/ you are so little/ you are more like a flower/ who found you in the green forest/ and were you very sorry to come away?"" So begins e.e. cummings' beloved tribute to the tiny evergreen tree, taken away from the cold forest to be decorated and adored by two children in their home at Christmas. Simply and sensitively told from the innocence of a child's eyes, e.e. cummings' little tree comes to life as the children bestow upon it their heart-felt promises of comfort and love. Artist Mary Claire Smith's whimsical, contemporary illustrations capture all the joy and magic of this cherished Christmas favorite. A truly affecting book that should be under every family's Christmas tree."

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A Harvard University graduate, e e cummings lived in Greenwich Village and spent his summers on a farm in New Hampshire. While working for the American Red Cross in France in 1917, cummings was mistakenly imprisoned for several months. This experience resulted in the publication of a novel, The Enormous Room (1922). Although he went on to write other prose, it is for his poetry that he is best known. He also published plays, wrote a ballet, and was a respected painter. He was awarded many honors for his work, including the 1958 Bollingen Prize for poetry and the National Book Award in 1955. Although he used many techniques to stress his meaning, he wrote about the traditional subjects of love, nature, and the corrupting influence of materialism. cummings delivered lectures while at Harvard in 1952. He also wrote the delightful commentaries for the 50 photographs in Adventures in Value by his wife, Marion Morehouse, a fine and sensitive photographer Chris Raschka was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on March 6, 1959. He received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1981. Before becoming a full-time author, he was an art teacher in St. Croix, Virgin Islands and a freelance artist, cartoonist, and editorial illustrator. He is an author and illustrator of children's books including Yo! Yes?, Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, and Mysterious Thelonious. Hello, Goodbye Window won the Caldecott Medal in 2006 and A Ball for Daisy won the Caldecott Medal in 2012.
Published January 1, 1999 by Thorsons/Harper Collins. 16 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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The little fir tree goes to town: Cummings’s poem about a Christmas tree serves as the inspiration for a little story about a little fir tree who wants nothing so much as to find “a new life, his dream life, in a far, far away place.” The full poem appears on one page, to be followed by Raschka’s...

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This joyously illustrated version of cummings's well-loved poem should take root in many household collections. Crisp, airy watercolors, occasionally kissed with the sparkle of a foil-stamped gold sta

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all ages), the well-known writer and illustrator Chris Raschka uses Cummings's poem as a jumping-off point for his own story about a Christmas tree's journey from forest to city, where ''a little boy, a little girl, a little mother and father and their little dog walked up and down the little str...

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