Item description for Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling...
Overview A struggling cottonwood sapling becomes a landmark to travelers, a peace-medicine tree, and after its death in 1834, a yoke which is used on the trail to Santa Fe
The history of the Great Plains and the Santa Fe Trail is told in text and pictures by focusing on a cottonwood tree and the events that happen around it.
Citations And Professional Reviews Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 503
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.07" Width: 8.61" Height: 0.23" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 1990
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Grade Level Grade School
ISBN 039554534X ISBN13 9780395545348
Availability 0 units.
More About Holling C. Holling
Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tree in the Trail?
History of a Tree Mar 27, 2007
TREE IN THE TRAIL is a story about a cottonwood sapling that stood along an ancient buffalo trail somewhere in the Great Plains. Holling Clancy Holling writes an enriched narrative that centers on history, which involved early contact between Europeans and Native Americans, and the exchange of goods and resources that occurred between these groups of people. Holling stresses the beauty of the natural landscape and environment of the Great Plains and the Southwest region of North America, and the encounters that the people observed and experienced as a result of several technological advances - the steamboat and the Conestoga Wagon, which allowed increased contact and relations.
The story takes place within a span of 300 years. From the arrival of Coronado for the search for gold in 1540 to the establishment of New Mexico, Holling tells the story of a tree that lived over hundred years, but succumbed to age and natural destruction. However, a part of the tree was revived in the form of an ox yoke that two mountain men, Buck Smith and Jed Simpson happened to carve out from a portion of her trunk, and transformed it into a beautiful yoke. The unique aspect of Holling's stories and books are that he provides little side notes in the form of illustrations that are positioned within each different chapter that provide an additional historical interpretation of Indian, French trappers, and cultural life of the people that inhabited and ventured into Taos, Santa Fe, and Kansas territory.
History is a major part of the book. Holling illustrated and wrote the story, but also acknowledged his wife, Lucille Webster Holling, as a major contributor to the illustrations and research that was conducted about the trail and the map. He also credits Arthur Woodward of the Los Angeles Museum for the accuracy of the costume and ornament of Spanish Southwest and the Conestoga wagon.
TREE IN THE TRAIL will engage the history reader as well as those curious about how Europeans and Native Americans thrived together in an environment and time in American history that was experiencing a transformation. This is a story that is sure to entertain every reader, and take each one back to a time of discovery.
A "Forever Favourite" Mar 12, 2007
I first read "The Tree in the Trail" about 45 years ago - then shared it with my son years later. It sparked my imagination as a 10 year old girl living in Australia and it did the same for him years later. It does not speak down to children. It is literate and assumes an average 10 year old has imagination and concentration and is able to dream! We went on to "Paddle to the Sea" and he remembers that with great fondness as well. They are both on the list for my 3 year old granddaughter in a few years. We need more books like this one!
Good book, poor print lineup. Jan 10, 2007
The book is great, but the printing is cut off on the left hand pages, shouldn't have been sold as 1st quality product.
Not That Great Oct 4, 2006
I bought this book hoping to use it in the classroom. I was so disappointed. It is extremely long that a student gets bored with it after just a few pages. The storyline of the book sounded great, but I did not know it would be written with difficult syntax structure. The illustrations are not very interesting to younger kids either. I think this book would only be relevant to those very very very interested in the U.S. expansion and to those who want a challenge of trying to read through each page for comprehension.
Wonderful... Aug 12, 2002
My 5 year old loves it and he is learning so much!