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The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window

Written by Jeff Gottesfeld & illustrated by Peter McCarty
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Mar 8, 2016
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Told from the perspective of the tree outside Anne Frank’s window—and illustrated by a Caldecott Honor artist—this book introduces her story in a gentle and incredibly powerful way to a young audience.

The tree in the courtyard was a horse chestnut. Her leaves were green stars; her flowers foaming cones of white and pink. Seagulls flocked to her shade. She spread roots and reached skyward in peace.

The tree watched a little girl, who played and laughed and wrote in a diary. When strangers invaded the city and warplanes roared overhead, the tree watched the girl peek out of the curtained window of the annex. It watched as she and her family were taken away—and when her father returned after the war, alone.

The tree died the summer Anne Frank would have turned eighty-one, but its seeds and saplings have been planted around the world as a symbol of peace. Its story, and Anne’s story, are beautifully told and illustrated in this powerful picture book.

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Who Wrote The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window

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Jeff Gottesfeld

Jeff Gottesfeld is an acclaimed writer for page, stage, and screen. His work has won awards from the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America, and the National Council for the Social Studies. He has previously written for adult, teen, and middle-grade audiences, and this is his first picture book. He is based in Los Angeles, California. Visit him at jeffgottesfeldwrites.com

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Who Illustrated The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window

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Peter McCarty

Peter McCarty is the Caldecott Honor—winning author and illustrator of Hondo and Fabian. He also teamed up with David Getz on Frozen Man, Life on Mars, and Purple Death. Mr. McCarty lives with his wife and two children in Upstate New York.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780385753975
Publication Date:
March 8, 2016
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0385753977

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