Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Summary: A Callery pear tree narrates its experiences, beginning with its earliest days in a plaza near the World Trade Center. It was buried on 9/11, and near death when discovered in the rubble several weeks later. Moved to a different location, it survived against expectations, and in December 2010, it was dug up and replanted in a new plaza near its former location. Surrounded by other trees that give it strength, the Survivor Tree helps the people who come to see it by giving them peace, hope, and the promise that spring will always come again. Includes an author’s note; a two-page history of the World Trade Center, 9/11, and the Survivor Tree; a note on the illustrations; and a list of six sources. 48 pages; grades K-5.
Pros: A beautifully written and illustrated story that makes a unique introduction to the events of 9/11 and also speaks to anyone who has survived a traumatic event.
Cons: The events of 9/11 are not described at all (“It was an ordinary morning. Until it wasn’t”), so kids will definitely need an introduction before reading this book.
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