Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing
Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing
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Annotation: Snowboy is busy saving the Polar Bear King when Greenbackboy approaches him with an idea for a game called KA-CHING -- a game that will make them rich. It's easy: all they need to do is cut down all of the trees in the forest and catch all of the fish in the ocean and trade it in for piles and piles of shiny KA-CHING.
Catalog Number: #155813
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Sif, Birgitta,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-9572-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-9572-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018936984
Dimensions: 26 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Imagination gives way to gentle allegory in Oram's tale of Snowboy and Greenbackboy. At its start, Snowboy pajama-clad lad wearing a pointed winter hat and his Cloak of Many Uses battling an imaginary monster when Greenbackboy invites him to play a game called Ka-Ching. First, Snowboy is told to chop down all the forest's trees, but he leaves one concealed beneath his cloak, observing, "We can't breathe without trees." Greenbackboy proceeds to sell the timber for two chests of gold coins, or ka-ching, and pulls Snowboy along to fish the ocean next. Once again Snowboy secretly acts, slipping two fish back into the water. When a storm blows through, with no trees to check its ferocity, Snowboy finally leaves his greedy companion behind to tend to the forest's remaining tree, with rich results. Without being heavy-handed, Oram delivers a clear environmental message in his Lorax-style tale, making this a nice Earth Day pick or introduction to conservation. Meanwhile, Sif's inviting plum, teal, and midnight blue scenes carry a magical glow that further illuminates nature's worth.
Horn Book
Lena isn't nervous to start kindergarten...but her shoes are. Lena enlists her headband (who is "a good listener") to talk to them, and, with fears assuaged and a bit of reverse psychology, Lena and her outfit make it to the first day. Child-friendly digital illustrations depict the shaking shoes; the happy results of previous times Lena was brave; and, finally, everyone's shoes mingling happily on the playground.
Kirkus Reviews
Will Snowboy and his Ice Troopers save the planet by reining in the greedy shortsightedness of Greenbackboy?Whimsical artwork and lyrical, folkloric prose present a motif both familiar and new. Snowboy and Greenbackboy are light-skinned waifs: Snowboy has a pointy, elfin hood atop his Cloak of Many Uses; Greenbackboy sports a brown hat with bearlike ears. The moppets' characterizations are expressive—as are those of Snowboy's loyal Ice Troopers: two pigs and a polar bear. Greenbackboy easily persuades Snowboy to chop down trees and overfish the ocean to get lots of "KA-CHING," represented by piles of glowing, yellow coins. Well—Snowboy is almost persuaded; in each instance, at the last minute, he remembers the importance of keeping at least one tree and two fish from extinction, and he acts accordingly. The text is both poetic and apocalyptic, as when a storm blows through: "As there were no trees to snag its wings, it swept all before it, tossing the mountains of canned fish into the empty oceans, where they sank and rusted and were lost." The text moves beyond the expected rescue of planetary resources to reconciliation between the boys; a sweet, bedtime-story ending; and a sly reminder about constant vigilance needed against "the fantasy of KA-CHING."Humor and heartfelt lyricism create a clear but nonpedantic morality tale for young and young-at-heart. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Word Count: 543
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 194633 / grade: Lower Grades

A poignant tale about a game gone awry shows that in the face of greed and reckless destruction, one thoughtful person can make a big difference.

Snowboy is busy saving the Polar Bear King when Greenbackboy approaches him with an idea for a game called KA-CHING — a game that will make them rich. It’s easy: all they need to do is cut down all of the trees in the forest and catch all of the fish in the ocean and trade it in for piles and piles of shiny KA-CHING. But if all the trees are gone, they won’t be able to breathe. And what is a sea without fish? Their world would be inhospitable. Since Greenbackboy can’t see the forest for the trees, it’s up to Snowboy to trust his instinct to protect and nurture, rather than destroy. In a tale that glimmers with quiet power and hope, Hiawyn Oram transforms a universal cautionary tale into an accessible and imaginative fantasy, made all the more vivid by Birgitta Sif’s beautiful and atmospheric artwork.


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