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The Curvy Tree, by Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

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The Curvy Tree
Title
The Curvy Tree
Statement of responsibility
by Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
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Contributor
Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A friendless girl who is teased for being different runs away from her village in tears and finds herself having a conversation with a very unusual tree, who tells a story of how his differences not only saved his life, they helped him see that he is not so very different after all
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Storyline
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Review
  • Grades K-2 This picture-book addition to Colfer’s The Land of Stories tales will immediately attract young readers with its eye-catching double-page spreads. The lush landscape almost overwhelms our heroine, a little girl who has run away from her village because she has been bullied. Boxed text, with a purple background and gold borders, gives this an old-fashioned fairy tale feeling, and the little blonde girl even looks like a princess—except for the large glasses that dominate her face and are, along with her exceptionally curly hair, the cause of her misery. After being teased, the girl escapes into the roots of a wise tree. He is different from other trees: roots, trunk, and branches all loop and curl—and he talks to her. Offering comfort and support, the curvy tree lifts her high enough to see others like herself and reminds her to look past the horizon. The computer-generated images emphasize the swirls of the tree, and the varying perspectives are done in earthy tones, suggesting the healing power of nature. Sweet and uplifting. -- Ching, Edie (Reviewed 12-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 7)
  • PreS-Gr 2—A girl runs away to the forest and eventually collapses in tears at the foot of a curvy tree. The tree asks the girl why she is crying, and she tells him that the other children in her village are mean to her despite her kindness. They mock her appearance, glasses, speech, and intelligence. In an effort to cheer her up, the tree tells her his own history. Once the other trees teased him for being different, but when loggers came to the forest, they cut down all of the other trees. Being different saved the curvy tree. He was lonely but eventually grew tall enough that he could see other curvy trees in distant forests. From his branches, the girl sees the other trees, and in each one there is a child like her. The tree teaches her that life will improve as she grows and looks outward. The digital artwork is romanticized, befitting the story's tone, but the message is a bit over-the-top and saccharine. VERDICT The well-intentioned story is held back by awkward phrasing and cloying illustrations.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ --Laura Hunter (Reviewed 02/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 2, p61)
  • A child with ostracism issues finds a timber tutor in this illustrated spinoff from the Land of Stories series. Waking from his afternoon nap to find a lass weeping on an adjacent stump, the Curvy Tree enquires as to the cause of her distress. She whinges: "I'm never going to find a friend," because the village's mean other children "say that I talk funny, I'm not pretty, and I'm not smart." In response, the tree informs her that his twisted limbs saved him from loggers years ago, and then he lifts her up to see more curvy trees all around, each with a child in its branches. You'll find friends aplenty, he assures her, when you grow up and leave town—or, as he puts it, "look past the horizon." The narrative is not only trite, but contradictory, as the child sees the tree on one page and on the next "didn't even notice it." Dorman endows the golden-brown Curvy Tree with kindly features, dominated by a ski-shaped nose, that slide freely up and down the trunk. Though an evergreen in the Land of Stories novels, here it looks much more like a hazel, with sparse foliage and corkscrew boughs. The child displays no such signs of physical unattractiveness; on the contrary, her cute, gigantic spectacles and woolly blonde mane make the "not pretty" business sound more like peer envy than teasing. Pure corn syrup. (Picture book. 6-8)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10459477
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1990-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Colfer, Chris
Dewey number
[E]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Dorman, Brandon
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True
Series statement
A tale from The land of stories
Series volume
0001
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  • Individuality
  • Youths' writings
  • Individuality
  • Self-acceptance
  • Trees
Target audience
preschool
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a tale from the Land of Stories
Label
The Curvy Tree, by Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000053746566
Edition
First edition.
Extent
unnumbered pages; 26 cm.
Isbn
9780316406857
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)894149532
Label
The Curvy Tree, by Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000053746566
Edition
First edition.
Extent
unnumbered pages; 26 cm.
Isbn
9780316406857
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)894149532

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