Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses
Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses
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Annotation: Bob does not like the noisy, crowded streets and school hallways of his New York City home, so he decides to build a tree house in the cool, green calm of Central Park. Includes a note about the real Bob Redman.
Catalog Number: #160044
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Sterling
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Christophe, Jamey,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-454-92071-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-454-92071-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017007608
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Manhattan child Bob builds a treehouse in Central Park. When the city dismantles it, he builds another, and so on until as a man he's confronted by a park employee...who offers him a job caring for the trees. Inspired by true events, the story is placidly told, and the art gives the city an alluring serenity. Includes an epilogue about real arborist Bob Redman.
Kirkus Reviews
Bob is uncomfortable with the noise, the crowds, and the fast pace of New York City.He feels claustrophobic and longs for escape. Most of all, the young, white boy needs to be above it all. Climbing lampposts or going up to his building's rooftop help, but it is the expanse of Central Park that soothes his soul. The trees seem to invite him to climb them and explore. He is happy above the city in his secret spot. He builds himself a treehouse and makes it his peaceful hideaway. When the treehouse disappears (the text never explains this phenomenon, leaving it to caregivers to help children understand), he feels its loss deeply but begins a new one, more hidden, and better than the first. As the years pass, he builds ever more intricate ones, even a kind of village in a tree, but every one of them is taken away. Finally, park officials order him down—and, miraculously, offer him a job caring for the park's trees. It becomes his life's work, and he loves everything about it. Boss shares the tale of Bob Redman, a real arborist in New York, with simple, heartfelt language, displaying compassion and understanding of Bob's dedication to his trees. The text appears in white spaces nestled among Christoph's soft, delicately hued illustrations, which beautifully depict, with great attention to detail, the wide variety of trees that Bob encounters.A tender, gentle celebration. (epilogue) (Picture book. 5-9)
Publishers Weekly
From age 13 to 21, Bob Redman (Boss-s husband) escaped the city-s chaos by building treehouses from salvaged materials in Central Park: -Every day after school, Bob-s treehouse was waiting. He hugged the tree-s trunk and scampered straight up. The city-roar, clang, bang-fell away.- Having his first treehouse dismantled doesn-t deter Redman, who simply builds another in its place. Christoph-s matte spreads show Central Park and its surrounding cityscape throughout the seasons. When park authorities arrive one morning, readers may anticipate that Bob is in trouble. Boss, however, delivers a gentle surprise: Redman is hired to work as an arborist in the park-so long as he agrees to stop building treehouses. There-s no don-t-try-this-at-home message; the conclusion delivers a heartening suggestion that, when someone breaks the rules in the spirit of ingenuity and imagination, the circumstances call for an equally innovative form of intervention. Ages 5-8. Author-s agency: Dunow, Carlson, and Lerner. (Mar.)

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Word Count: 851
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 193870 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.2 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q73002
Lexile: AD550L

"Bob lived in the big city. The city was very crowded ." A true story about Bob Redman, a New York City boy who built a series of intricate treehouses hidden in Central Park . This charming picture book tells the true story of Bob Redman, a child growing up in New York City. Tired of the noise, the people, and the rushing around, Bob took shelter in the natural beauty of Central Park--where he covertly built a series of amazing treehouses, starting with a simple platform and growing more and more elaborate over time. He played cat-and-mouse with the park workers, who kept tearing down his houses, until he was finally caught. But his story ends with a happy surprise . . .

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