House Held Up by Trees
Title: House Held Up by Trees
Author: Ted Kooser
A House Held Up By Trees is a collaboration between former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and up and coming children’s literature illustrator Jon Klassen, of I Want My Hat Back fame. The book tells the wistful, poignant story of a house undergoing the changes that time brings as its inhabitants grow older, move away, and it is eventually put up for sale and abandoned. Klassen’s delicate palate of browns, greens, pinks, black, and cream perfectly illustrate Kooser’s text that ends quite magically. A thoughtful, lovely book.
-Dawn at the Wyoming branch
From Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser and rising talent Jon Klassen comes a poignant tale of loss, change, and nature’s quiet triumph.
When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun. The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighboring lots, where thick bushes offered up secret places to play. When the children grew up and moved away, their father, alone in the house, continued his battle against blowing seeds, plucking out sprouting trees. Until one day the father, too, moved away, and as the empty house began its decline, the trees began their approach. At once wistful and exhilarating, this lovely, lyrical story evokes the inexorable passage of time – and the awe-inspiring power of nature to lift us up.