"Poetic and meditative, this true-life fable about a tree that survived 9/11 commemorates the attack while evoking a resilient spirit and the healing power of nature. Ann Magee's spare and lyrical text and Nicole Wong's soft-edged art afford ample space for young readers to reflect, to hope and to envision a future where peace takes root." --Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Newbery Honor book BOX
"Branches of Hope is a tribute to resilience and hope, a gentle way to talk with our youngest readers about the memory of 9/11." --Kate Messner, author of The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs
The branches of the 9/11 Survivor Tree poked through the rubble at Ground Zero. They were glimpses of hope in the weeks after September 11, 2001.
Remember and honor the events of 9/11 and celebrate how hope appears in the midst of hardship. The Survivor Tree found at Ground Zero was rescued, rehabilitated, and then replanted at the 9/11 Memorial site in 2011. This is its story.
In this moving tribute to a city and its people, a wordless story of a young child accompanies the tree's history. As the tree heals, the girl grows into an adult, and by the 20th anniversary of 9/11, she has become a firefighter like her first-responder uncle. A life-affirming introduction to how 9/11 affected the United States and how we recovered together.
"Season after season, the tree grew./ Each spring arrived with warm whispers and healing rain." Commemorating 9/11 two decades after its occurrence, debut author Magee's free verse narrative focuses on a city's endurance as symbolized by New York City's Survivor Tree, a Callery pear in the World Trade Center Plaza that survived the buildings' collapse. Alongside the visual story of the attacks and their aftermath, Wong's detailed digital illustrations present the wordless tale of a child, a toddler during the attacks, growing up and becoming a first responder. In a scrapbook-style layout, snapshots of the brown-skinned, biracial child's family life appear alongside full-bleed illustrations of the tree's recovery, new growth, and replanting at ground zero a decade later. The combination of picture and verse effectively delivers the message that comfort can be found in remembrance and the continuity of life. Back matter includes contextualizing information about the Survivor Tree, an author's note, and a selected bibliography. Ages 4-7. (May)Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.