House Held Up By Trees

A quiet and compelling picture book, House Held Up By Trees features a little house and the changes it goes through over the years, first being surrounded by closely cropped grass and finally being abandoned by its people yet held up by trees. Former United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser gives us an unexpected story of nature reclaiming space. Jon Klassen‘s varying perspectives and muted palette lend insight to our ever-changing world.

It reminds me of Virginia Lee Burton‘s classic Caldecott winning The Little House (you can watch Disney’s 1952 eight minute short film here). What themes pervade both?


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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