Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

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Dear Kids,
A long time ago, when you were little, Mom and I took you to where we wanted to build a house . . . . I remember there was one tree, however, that the three of you couldn't stop staring at . . . .

After the family spares him from the builders, Steve the tree quickly works his way into their lives. He holds their underwear when the dryer breaks down, he's there when Adam and Lindsay get their first crushes, he's the centerpiece at their outdoor family parties. With a surprising lack of anthropomorphizing, this is a uniquely poignant celebration of fatherhood, families, love, and change.


About Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel was one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live and co-creator of The Larry Sanders Show.
Published March 17, 2005 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a letter to his three children who are visiting their grandparents, a father recalls all the wonderful things Steve the tree has been to their family.

Mar 15 2005 | Read Full Review of Our Tree Named Steve

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, reviewed above) watercolor-and-pencil compositions capture the enormous, comforting Steve in the glory of each season and depict a young, sprightly family appreciative of, and connected to, a natural treasure.

Apr 18 2005 | Read Full Review of Our Tree Named Steve


The lot needs to be cleared, but the kids fall in love with a large tree that the baby of the family calls Steve, because she can't pronounce tree.

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