illustrated by Aaron Becker
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
"ALA Notable Books for Children’s Books 2022."--Association for Library Service to Children
"2022 Notable Social Studies Trade Books list."--National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the Children’s Book Council
"Children’s Choices 2022 list."
--The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Best Children’s Books of the Year 2022."--Bank Street College of Education
2021 Best Nonfiction Picture Book--Nerdy Book Club
A lovely 20th anniversary tribute to the towers and all who perished - and survived. - STARRED, Kirkus
Eloquent...a moving history and tribute to resilience - STARRED, Booklist
Survivor Tree which marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, is like its subject; a stately monument to resilience. - Shelf Awareness
A story of history and hope, of tragedy and resilience. - Midwest Book Review
A sensitive, accessible entry point into a relatively recent tragedy - STARRED, Publisher's Weekly
While there have been several books to date about the Survivor Tree, this one is particularly well suited to young audiences and perfectly reflects the book’s dedication: “May peace and hope grow from the darkest of our days. - STARRED, The Horn Book
Beneath the Twin Towers, a pear tree once stood.
It still grows there today.
This is its story.
One September day, the perfect blue sky exploded. Dust billowed. Buildings crumbled. And underneath it all, a tree sprouted green leaves in its distress. Pulled from the wreckage, the tree saw many seasons pass as it slowly recovered far away from home. Until one day, forever scarred and forever stronger, it was replanted at the 9/11 Memorial.
This story of the real Survivor Tree uses nature’s cycle of colors to reflect on the hope and healing that come after a tragedy — and assures readers of their own remarkable resilience.
Click here to see the Cover Reveal and Q&A with Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker on Travis Jonker's 100 Scope Notes, a School Library Journal Blog
Five Questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker - The Horn Book
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