House Held Up By Trees: Ted Kooser


House Held Up By Trees

Author/Illustrator: Ted Kooser/Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Year: 2012
Brief Summary: An once-well-maintained house starts to decline once its inhabitants move out.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Governor General”s Literary Awards, 2012′ ‘ Finalist’ ‘ Children”s Illustration-English’ ‘ Canada’ ” New York Times Best Illustrated Children”s Books, 2012′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Booklist Book Review Stars , Feb. 15, 2012 ; American Library Association
Booklist Top 10 Books on Sustainability for Youth, 2013 ; American Library Association

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • How did the man in the story care for his house and surroundings?
  • Why caused the house to start its decline?  How did it come to be surrounded by trees and brushes when the yard was empty before?  (Seeds that were blown onto the yard were not weeded and were allowed to grow freely, etc.)
  • Discuss how nature takes care of itself vs. what happens to man-made things when they are neglected.

Accessed at: Vancouver Public Library


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