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Book Title: The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window|
The author of the book: Jeff Gottesfeld
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 587 KB
Edition: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: March 8th 2016
ISBN 13: 9780385753975
Read full description of the books The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window:Told from the perspective of the tree outside Anne Frank's window—this book introduces her story 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.
Read information about the authorTHE TREE is my first picture book, and picture books take time. The sale to Random House/Knopf was announced in Publishers Marketplace in December, 2012. Peter McCarty was the artist that Knopf was wanted. I was thrilled when he agreed to illustrate the book. It took a lot of time for his schedule to clear. Patience was rewarded.
In re my other writing, there's been a fair amount of pseudonymous bestselling fun fiction for teen girls (including a NYT bestselling series called THE A-LIST) , and quite a bit of writing designed to get kids who may not love to read yet into the greatest activity in the world. As I see it, that's easily 50% or more the kid reading population.
Home is Los Angeles, California, but I've lived the itinerant life of the writer. There have been stretches in Salt Lake City and Nashville, while my family center-of-gravity is still in New York City. When I'm not writing, you'll find me in the gym, on the tennis court, ski slopes, golf course, or knee-deep in a river with a fishing rod in my hands. I like to learn. I read everything.
If there's something else you want to know, ask away. It's pretty easy to find me via Facebook or otherwise.
My fantasy epitaph? "That was a decent first draft."
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