Biography, Earth Day

Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss

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Back of Book:
This charming picture book tells the true story of Bob Redman, a child growing up in New York City. Tired of the noise, the people, and the rushing around, Bob took shelter in the natural beauty of Central Park—where he covertly built a series of amazing treehouses, starting with a simple platform and growing more and more elaborate over time. He played cat-and-mouse with the park workers, who kept tearing down his houses until he was finally caught. But his story ends with a happy surprise
My Review:
I shared this fun nonfiction biography with my class on Arbor Day. It shares the life of Bob Redman and his love of the trees in Central Park. Readers are swept away into the passion that Bob had for nature. every tree house he built got bigger and more elaborate! The text is written in a strong lyrical format that has stunning figurative language. Including metaphors, similes, and personification. Shira made sure that her book was not just a story but an experience. The illustrations by Jamey Christoph are whimsical and have an almost airy feel to them. Readers are able to feel like they are up in the treehouse with Bob. The back of the book has an epilogue that shares more about Bob Redman with readers. Overall, this is a truly stunning story and should b shared with readers in all classrooms.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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