Tree in the Trail

Tree in the Trail

by Holling C. Holling

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395545348
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 04/30/1990
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 239,180
Product dimensions: 8.62(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

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.

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Tree in the Trail 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for the children of friends of mine as we live on the Trail. This book is easy to read, yet packed with information. Any kid (or adult) with a sense of adventure would enjoy this. I bought my copy some 50 years ago and still use it as a reference. This book never ages. It is history, how they did it, and adventure, rolled into one. You don't have to live on the Santa Fe Trail to just plain like it. Other books by the same author are also well recommened and if they are as good as this will be good reading. Should be available on Nook. Get to it!!
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book follows the story of a cottonwood tree located on the Santa Fe trail somewhere past Kansas City. The story starts with a young Indian boy saving the sapling from an impending buffalo stampede by surrounding it with many rocks. Then follows the growth of the tree as it becomes a part of the Indian culture, sees the coming of the Spaniards, warring Indian tribes, the arrival of French trappers and finally the caravans that followed the Santa Fe trail.The book is in traditional oversized picture book format but is a somewhat lengthy chapter book. Each chapter is one page long with the right hand page being a gorgeous full colour painting by Holling and the left hand side containing the text. Also on the text side, the margins have been filled with b/w line drawings, labeled diagrams and even maps to further enhance the text. The book is extremely visually pleasing, as are all Holling's books.The story itself is wonderfully appealing. It is a slow moving story and more appreciated taken with small bites at a time. We usually read four chapters at a sitting. The 8yo absolutely loved this book and was full of questions; about the story, about words, about pictures, everything. (It helped that we have studied the time period in school.) Time is spent over each page naturally as you are drawn into the pictures that further enhance the words of the text. Each time we picked the book up the 8yo would want to go back a few pages and retell the latest events by looking at the pictures before we continued on where we had left off. Once the middle of the book is reached the time period hits the early 1800s and we follow a caravan (and the tree!) along the Santa Fe Trail. Amazingly for a book written in 1942, there are no racial concerns to be found in the book, unless the word Indian bothers you. The only thing of note is the language of the two men leading the caravan who become main characters. The year is 1804 and when they speak, within quotes, the word "Injun" is used. Now to me, this is perfectly acceptable as men in 1804 on the Santa Fe trail would have used that word. It is only found within quotes. The author does not use the word in his narrative. A really wonderful book! Highly recommended! I hope I get the time to read other of Holling's books to the 8yo while he's still young as I'm particularly fond of Paddle-to-the-Sea and Seabird plus we have Pagoo in the house and I've never actually read that one.
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another lovely book by Holling C Holling. It wasn't quite as endearing as some of his books we have read in the past but it was sweet nonetheless. And we enjoyed the geography and history of the Santa Fe trail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was a child my parents gave me all of the Holling C. Holling books. I read them over and over again through my growing-up years, loving the text and the gorgeous, realistically-drawn illustrations. I was pleased to find that they are still in print, and gifted my two granddaughters with the five books for Christmas 2012. They are seven and four, perhaps a bit young for reading alone, but can the explore the books with their parents early on. I hope that they will come to love the lyrical prose and lovely artwork of Mr. Holling that captured my imagination so many years ago.
mskitt More than 1 year ago
Holling books encourage young readers to explore the world beyond their back door. My seven year old grandson and I use the Holling books to explore history, geography and family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother had this book when she was a girl and as a young boy it was one of my favorites. My sons are 6 and 8 years old and they enjoy it immensely. Each time you open a new page, the left hand side has a rich story with interesting sketches and notes about indian culture, or the land, or wagoneering, etc., while the right hand page is a colorful and captivatingly beautiful picture of the tree and its environs and the people, described in the narrative at left, who act and interact around it. I highly recommend this book for families and young boys and girls.