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The Searcher and Old Tree
ISBN: 9781580892230
Author: McPhail, David
Publisher: Charlesbridge Pub Inc
Published: February 2008
Retail: $15.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: A storm rages through the night, but Old Tree lovingly protects Searcher, a tired raccoon, from harm. Parents and children will love sharing this story--a simple, powerful allegory about the safety of home. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
Library of Congress Subjects:
Raccoon; Fiction.
Trees; Fiction.
Storms; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2007008114
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
Target Age Group: Age 5-6
Target Grade: Kindergarten
Grade level: Kindergarten
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 8.00" W
Bargain Category: Science, Reference, Growing Up, Early Elementary, Animals
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 120871
Reading Level: 1.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
After a long night of foraging, a tired raccoon returns home to sleep in Old Tree's branches. Oblivious to the rain and wind of a raging storm, the raccoon is protected and sheltered by the tree. David McPhail crafts a simple, yet powerful, allegory about the safety of home and the strength of unconditional love.

Contributor Bio(s): David McPhail is the acclaimed author of more than 150 books, including the much-adored Pig Pig series, THE SEARCHER AND OLD TREE, and HENRY BEAR'S PARK. David lives in Rye, New Hampshire.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall)
A raccoon makes his home in a tree so powerful it is able to provide continuous protection during a wild and wicked storm. Fetching illustrations, rendered in a combination of pen-and-ink and watercolor washes and marked by McPhail's characteristic clarity, warmth, and precision, are more child-friendly than the relatively abstract text. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 January #1)

In characteristically accomplished pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations and a heavily metaphorical text, McPhail (Sylvie & True ) relates a tale about feeling safe and protected, no matter what. Searcher, a raccoon, makes his home in Old Tree, whose trunk is distinguished by eyes, nose and mouth. Vignettes show Searcher scavenging for food at night, then ambling back to Old Tree at dawn, falling asleep just before a terrible storm wreaks its havoc: "The wind shrieks. The waves explode. Old Tree holds firm. The Searcher sleeps on." McPhail's art gradually expands to fill the entire spread to show the storm at its worst, then recedes back to vignettes as "the wind and waves relent" and the Searcher wakes up and goes forth for the evening, oblivious to the past day's tempest until he notices the wetness of the grass and the presence of broken branches; when he turns back to look at his sanctuary, Old Tree "waves" to him comfortingly. Developmentally, this story seems a little off-base; kids might not want to identify with a protagonist who snoozes through the most exciting, if scary part of the story; and, ironically, they might find the while-you-were-sleeping problem-solving more disconcerting than reassuring. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 February)

PreS-K— After a successful night of foraging, a raccoon called Searcher heads home to a tree that sits on the edge of a large body of water. As dawn approaches, he snuggles down into the branches and falls asleep. A storm comes up, thunder and lightning crash about, and giant waves pound the shore. The raccoon does not wake up. As the storm becomes more and more intense, Old Tree looks less and less significant against the roiling sky and huge, pounding waves. It bends and twists, but the raccoon sleeps on. As evening approaches, the storm ebbs and things calm down. Searcher awakens and is surprised by the wet grass and scattered debris. But the old tree is still standing, and as the animal heads out for another night of foraging, the two wave to one another. The economical text has a soothing cadence. McPhail's textured pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations depict an endearing, contented raccoon and an anthropomorphized tree framed by white backgrounds. The raging storm at its peak is shown to good effect on two full spreads. In this book, home is clearly the best place to be during a storm, and this brief tale may offer comfort to children.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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