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The Tree

by Karen Gray Ruelle
Illustrated by Deborah Durland Desaix

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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