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The Singing Tree (Newbery Library, Puffin) [Paperback]

By Kate Seredy (Author)
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Item description for The Singing Tree (Newbery Library, Puffin) by Kate Seredy...

Life changes drastically for a Hungarian family when World War I upsets their peaceful, contented existence and the children are left in charge of the farm

Awards and Recognitions
The Singing Tree (Newbery Library, Puffin) by Kate Seredy has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Newbery Medal - 1940 Honor Book - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Singing Tree (Newbery Library, Puffin) by Kate Seredy has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 587

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   247
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.25" Width: 4.58" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1990
Publisher   Homeschool Bargain Books
Age  8-12
Series  Puffin Newberry Library  
ISBN  0140345434  
ISBN13  9780140345438  

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More About Kate Seredy

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kate Seredy (1899-1975) is the Hungarian-born writer and illustrator of numerous children's books. She won the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, the Caldecott Honor, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

Kate Seredy was born in 1896 and died in 1975.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Classics by Age > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > Homeschooling > General
4Books > Subjects > Teens > Literature & Fiction > Classics

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Singing Tree (Newbery Library, Puffin)?

A Powerful Plea for Peace and Tolerance  Jan 24, 2006
This is one of the most powerful books on human cost of war ever written. As a child, I loved this sequel to Seredy's _The Good Master_ because I loved the characters and found the story exciting. As an adult, I cannot even think about the book without finding tears in my eyes. The little details are what does it I think: the child who goes to sleep saying goodnight to his soldier father, unaware that his father is permantly asleep under a blanket of snow; the singing tree of the title, the retelling of the spontaneous cease-fire on Christmas when the troops on both sides of the line sang Silent Night, the moment when Janci realizes the pain his mother is hiding, the corporal who sadly observes that in war it's a man's duty to kill and a crime to comfort his wife .... Read it!
Great Children's Book  Jan 13, 2006
Great book about how a family was able to endure the trials of WWI and open their home to "the enemy". Great example of love and acceptance towards others without being affected by circumstances. Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for uplifting reading for their children!
Timeless Classic!  Jan 19, 2003
For me, this book is a "Gone With The Wind" with young adults in mind, but great for all ages. Like the "Little House ..." books, it describes the rural life of a family and village before industrialization changed everything. The quality of life these people had, despite the workload, is something to be admired.

The book is a wonderful sequal to "The Good Master," another wonderful tale. While the first book is more of a typical chidren's book, this one is much more of an epic as the family deals with the ravages of war. The themes of tolerance and family values are well expressed without ever getting preachy.

Kate and Jancsi are fantastic characters for children to identify with, and the adults make fine examples for them to look up to. The illustrations are wonderful. This book will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. It's one of the books I re-read every now and again, and it's stood the test of 30+ years worth of reading. I treasure it.

lively and adventurous- unpredictable  Feb 27, 2002
hello, my name is nina. i liked this book because it is educational yet adventurous. it was unpredictable, i never knew what would happen next. the reason i rated it a three was because some parts were not well explained and every now and then i would get lost and have to re-read some sections. otherwise this was a magnificent, adventurous tale and i would recommend it for older children and young adults.
The Singing Tree  May 2, 2001
I bought this & The Good Master for my daughter many years ago. These books have always had a special place in my heart because of their "readability". The stories are about growing up and being loved and all that after much disruption in a young life. There is a message of hope and love that is good and kind and there is also a clear and warm picture of what life could have been like in pre-World War 1 Hungary. The illustrations are as outstanding as the story. I love reading it to children, gives me an excuse for re-reading it myself. The second book is more serious as the children grow up and war intrudes but life is like that, isn't it.

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