Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Holiday House (2008-09-01)
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Amazon DescriptionThis stunningly illustrated picture book takes a fascinating journey through time as it imagines the beginnings of New York City's oldest Elm. In the heart of New York City stands a great, proud Elm tree. Stronger than any skyscraper, this tree witnessed the very beginnings of the city's settlement, it has persisted through vast fires and long wars, and it has stood tall as the city has grown even taller around it. Now 250 years old, this Elm serves to remind us of the majesty of Mother Nature and the wonders she can create with something so small as a seed. In this affectingly told and beautifully illustrated volume, Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix imagine what might have been the beginnings of this grand tree.
One Potato Review
In this meticulously illustrated history, it takes two wars, two epidemics (one human, one botanic), depressions, fires, circuses and parades – it takes a considerable cross-section of American melodrama to outlast the magnificent elm that finally stopped growing three years ago in Madison Square Park in New York City. Yet there it still stands, a massive, indomitable husk, mercifully unlabeled, and every bit as impressive as all of the historically significant architecture which surrounds it. There’s even a Shake Shack at twenty paces. Stop and wonder.
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