Saturday, September 29, 2012

House Held Up By Trees

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Driving down our quiet country roads, it isn’t rare to come across an old, abandoned farm house. Sometimes you’ll see them in the middle of a field, surrounded by trees. In fact, sometimes it looks as though the house is being held up by trees. In the book House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser, with illustrations by Jon Klassen, you’ll learn about the life cycle of a house: how it was built to become a home, a place where people once lived, learned, and grew. In time the people changed and moved away. The house remained. Sometimes, old houses are bought and remodeled, redecorated, made new. Sometimes they sit, alone, abandoned to become part of the landscape, to become a house held up by trees. The next time you drive past an abandoned building, encourage imaginative thought by asking your child who may have lived there, what colors they painted the walls, etc. Then ask if they think anything lives there now? A possum family, maybe? See this book listed in our catalog

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