From the once US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, comes this hauntingly beautiful tale highlighting the struggle between man and nature.
Much to the children’s dismay, here stands their house, which possesses not a single tree on it’s near perfect lawn. Each shoot is plucked out or mown down by their father’s lawnmower. So the children find solace in their neighbours trees and play merrily among them.
A sombre and melancholy undertone bubbles away underneath this story and Jon Klassen‘s illustrations are subtly muted to convey the sadness which are empathetic to Kooser’s thoughtful script, full of meaning and depth.
Klassen’s illustrations highlight the loneliness and bleakness of the house, as it is left alone, unoccupied.
The dwelling remains empty and before long the trees take over, surrounding the lone house, almost embracing it in it’s leafy grasp.
The trees infiltrate the house in every crevice and available space and over the years the house becomes lifted from its very foundations by its new inhabitants.
This simple story subtly emphasises the powerfulness and enormity of the wild and the illustrations support the truly meaningful narrative. A must have for every shelf.