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The Birthday Tree
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date March 1, 1991
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Easy Fiction
ISBN-13 9780064432467
ISBN-10 0064432467
Dimensions 0.25 by 7.50 by 7 in.
Weight 0.15 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $4.50
Other format details juvenile
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Summary
When Jack goes to sea, his parents watch as the tree planted at his birth reflects his fortunes and misfortunes
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Planting a birthday tree has enduring effects in this poignant tale of a roving boy’s link to nature — and the roots of his family’s love.

When baby Jack arrives, his father and mother plant an apple seedling to honor his birth. As Jack grows taller, so does the tree. When Jack is happy, the tree limbs stand straight and proud. When he is cold, the leaves tremble on their stems. But one day Jack’s parents awake to find his bed empty. When they see a gull perched atop the tree, they realize that their Jack has run away to sea. Paul Fleischman’s lyrical prose and Barry Root’s magical illustrations tell the story of a boy’s powerful connection to his family despite distance — and adds new meaning to the old custom of planting a birthday tree.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780060219154
 
from Harpercollins Childrens Books (May 1, 1979)
9780060219154 | details & prices | 32 pages | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | List price $12.95
About: When Jack goes to sea, his parents watch as the tree planted at his birth reflects his fortunes and misfortunes.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Harpercollins Childrens Books (March 1, 1991)
9780064432467 | details & prices | 7.50 × 7.00 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 0.15 lbs | List price $4.50
About: When Jack goes to sea, his parents watch as the tree planted at his birth reflects his fortunes and misfortunes

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