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The journey of the Callery pear tree rescued from Ground Zero and replanted ten years later is presented alongside a wordless story following a girl and her firefighter uncle who is a 9/11 hero. Includes author's notes. The journey of the Callery pear tree rescued from Ground Zero and replanted ten years later is presented alongside a wordless story following a girl and her firefighter uncle who is a 9/11 hero. Includes author's notes.


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The journey of the Callery pear tree rescued from Ground Zero and replanted ten years later is presented alongside a wordless story following a girl and her firefighter uncle who is a 9/11 hero. Includes author's notes. The journey of the Callery pear tree rescued from Ground Zero and replanted ten years later is presented alongside a wordless story following a girl and her firefighter uncle who is a 9/11 hero. Includes author's notes.

30 review for Branches of Hope: The 9/11 Survivor Tree

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    This is beautiful yet it's so sad remembering the incident. This storybook gives hope and comfort. But yes, it will always be difficult to read about World Trade Center incident that happened on September 1, 2001. Thank you, author, the artist and the team for the effort. I love the book so much. Thank you for the advance reading copy. This is beautiful yet it's so sad remembering the incident. This storybook gives hope and comfort. But yes, it will always be difficult to read about World Trade Center incident that happened on September 1, 2001. Thank you, author, the artist and the team for the effort. I love the book so much. Thank you for the advance reading copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    On a bright, sunny morning in September, when two skyscrapers came crashing down in lower Manhattan, brought low by one of the worst terrorist attacks in human history, the mounds of charred metal and debris buried a small Callery pear tree, formerly standing at the base of the World Trade Center. Astonishingly, this tree survived, clinging to life amidst the wreckage. When its few remaining green leaves were noticed by a rescue worker, the tree was excavated and evacuated, taken to a nursery in On a bright, sunny morning in September, when two skyscrapers came crashing down in lower Manhattan, brought low by one of the worst terrorist attacks in human history, the mounds of charred metal and debris buried a small Callery pear tree, formerly standing at the base of the World Trade Center. Astonishingly, this tree survived, clinging to life amidst the wreckage. When its few remaining green leaves were noticed by a rescue worker, the tree was excavated and evacuated, taken to a nursery in the Bronx, and slowly nursed back to health. Then, in 2011, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it was returned to its former home, incorporated into the memorial park built to honor the victims of that terrible day... It's hard for me to believe, but this coming September 11th will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As notable dates and anniversaries tend to find their way into children's publishing, it is less surprising that a number of picture-books have either recently been published, or are forthcoming on the subject. Quite a few of them address the story of the survivor tree - a symbol of hope in dark times. May of this year saw the release of this title from author Ann Magee and illustrator Nicole Wong, as well as author/illustrator Sean Rubin's This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth . This coming August will bring author Marcie Colleen and illustrator Aaron Becker's Survivor Tree . In August of this past year (2020), Miracle of Little Tree: The 9/11 Survivor Tree's Incredible Story was released. Although quite popular recently, the story seems to have first been retold in picture-book form in 2011, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, in Cheryl Somers Aubin and Sheila Harrington's The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story .** Obviously, the tale of the survivor tree is an aspect of the larger 9/11 story that is considered very powerful, and particularly suitable for children. Perhaps this is because it symbolizes, not just the terrible hurt and damage done by the terrorist attack and its aftermath, but also the strength of survivors, their resilience, courage and gradual healing. It is a story of hope, and Magee and Wong capture that sense of hope here. I found myself weeping on more than one occasion, as I read this one, and I found both story and artwork immensely moving. This appears to be Magee's debut, which makes it particularly impressive. I wasn't sure at first that I cared for the opening scenes, in which the calamity of 9/11 intrudes, with no explanation given in the text as to what is going on, but then it occurred to me that this was a story from the tree's perspective, and that human actions and affairs would seem well-nigh incomprehensible to our arboreal friends at the best of times. This realization made the opening scenes even more powerful to me, and I appreciated how the narrative from the tree's perspective was paired with visuals that depicted both the events surrounding the tree, and the life of a family experiencing 9/11 and its aftermath. The artwork here from Wong, whose illustrations I know from Kate Milford's Bluecrowne and The Raconteur's Commonplace Book , was just lovely, and I appreciated the fact that a mixed-race family was depicted. All in all, an immensely powerful and poignant book, one I would recommend to picture-book readers looking for 9/11 stories that emphasize hope and healing. For my own part, I plan to track down some of the other titles mentioned here, to see how they handle this tale. ** Readers might be interested to know that there is another survivor tree in the annals of terrorist attacks on America. After the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995, a small elm tree survived the wreckage of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, eventually going on to thrive, and to be christened "the survivor tree" as well. That story is told for children in Gaye Sanders and Pamela Behrend's The Survivor Tree .

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    Branches of Hope by Ann Magee tells the story of the 9/11 survivor tree, a tree that was found at Ground Zero following the events of 9/11, and replanted at the Memorial site in 2011. Many young readers will not be familiar with the story behind the resilient tree, and this beautiful story serves as a tribute to those lost, and to a city that continues to thrive twenty years after the tragic event. This is a book that will be shared by family members, both young and old, for years to come. Many t Branches of Hope by Ann Magee tells the story of the 9/11 survivor tree, a tree that was found at Ground Zero following the events of 9/11, and replanted at the Memorial site in 2011. Many young readers will not be familiar with the story behind the resilient tree, and this beautiful story serves as a tribute to those lost, and to a city that continues to thrive twenty years after the tragic event. This is a book that will be shared by family members, both young and old, for years to come. Many thanks to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for an ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Violeta

    Digital ARC provided by Netgalley After the terrorist attacks of September 21, 2001, on the site of the former twin towers, the Americans opened a memorial to the public. On the walls of the foundations of the former towers were arranged huge fountains in which water falls and drains into a hole in the middle that seems bottomless. It is a place of mourning where Americans and not only them arrive, especially on 9/11 every year, as a place of pilgrimage. The two huge fountains are "framed" by a m Digital ARC provided by Netgalley After the terrorist attacks of September 21, 2001, on the site of the former twin towers, the Americans opened a memorial to the public. On the walls of the foundations of the former towers were arranged huge fountains in which water falls and drains into a hole in the middle that seems bottomless. It is a place of mourning where Americans and not only them arrive, especially on 9/11 every year, as a place of pilgrimage. The two huge fountains are "framed" by a metal parapet on which are engraved the names of the 2,977 victims. There, in the empty space of the letters, the people who come put a rose or a flag as a sign of remembrance. The whole area is impressive, and at night especially, when the fountains are brightly lit, the whole complex gets a great emotional load. One of the trees planted in the memorial market is known as the "Survivor Tree". This tree was recovered from under the rubble of one of the towers in October 2001. Initially planted in the 1970s, the tree was almost completely burned, but had a branch that was still alive when it was dug up. With the care received from those in the parks department of New York City, this branch was saved and in December 2010 the tree was replanted in the market. The book has suggestive images and the text is simple, used especially for the kids to understand or imagine the huge tragedy that date impersonated.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Branches of Hope by Ann Magee tells the hopeful true story of a tree that continued to live in the ruins of 9/11. I loved this book! It is beautifully written and illustrated. I did not know about the tree that survived 9/11 until I read this book. This book , I believe, would be perfect for anyone to read because it encourages us to remain full of hope despite what happens and to never give up. I highly recommend it! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book Branches of Hope by Ann Magee tells the hopeful true story of a tree that continued to live in the ruins of 9/11. I loved this book! It is beautifully written and illustrated. I did not know about the tree that survived 9/11 until I read this book. This book , I believe, would be perfect for anyone to read because it encourages us to remain full of hope despite what happens and to never give up. I highly recommend it! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book! (This review is also on GoodReads.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 18th May 2021 I really enjoyed this book, it was a beautiful, yet sad story, but also one of hope to me. The book was easy to read and follow and it was a lovely story and a great way to remember the poignant events of 9/11. It was well written and I liked the ending too. It is 4 stars from me for this one – very highly recommended!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey McDivitt

    I found Branches of Hope to be so touching and age appropriate. The author uses spare lyrical text to frame the story of the Callery Pear tree that survived the tragedy of the twin tower on 9/11. It's such a hopeful way to talk about the sad events with kids. I highly recommend it. I found Branches of Hope to be so touching and age appropriate. The author uses spare lyrical text to frame the story of the Callery Pear tree that survived the tragedy of the twin tower on 9/11. It's such a hopeful way to talk about the sad events with kids. I highly recommend it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Nordstrom

    AN OUTSTANDING BOOK - A MUST-HAVE FOR EVERY LIBRARY This is a book that needs to be in every classroom or library. The gorgeous language combined with the parallel story told through the illustrations, is a powerful combination for telling the story of 9/11 to young readers. BRANCHES OF HOPE is a deeply-moving book that gives children room to process their thoughts and emotions of an American tragedy, while finding hope for the future. Congratulations to Ann Magee, debut author, and Nicole E. Wo AN OUTSTANDING BOOK - A MUST-HAVE FOR EVERY LIBRARY This is a book that needs to be in every classroom or library. The gorgeous language combined with the parallel story told through the illustrations, is a powerful combination for telling the story of 9/11 to young readers. BRANCHES OF HOPE is a deeply-moving book that gives children room to process their thoughts and emotions of an American tragedy, while finding hope for the future. Congratulations to Ann Magee, debut author, and Nicole E. Wong on creating an important book for generations to come.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    This beautifully lyrical book about a tree that survived the 911 bombing sends a clear message of hope. The illustrations, some of which resemble photographs, enhance the text with a more personal story. I read this book several times and each time had to blink back tears. It will touch the hearts of those who remember and those who will carry the story into the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tony Pope

    Beautifully written...a story of hope from a devastating and tragic event in our recent history.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A fine telling of a story I didn't even know of. Apparently a tree was noted in America for surviving 9/11, and was brought back to health in a nursery before being replanted as a symbol of ever-growing hope when the landscaping of the memorial area was completed. Cuttings get prepped and sent to places with a qualifyingly dark kinship with New York, having survived terrorism, gun crime, etc. A very simple narrative (this is in the 200 words a book category, and definitely not 200wpp) gives us j A fine telling of a story I didn't even know of. Apparently a tree was noted in America for surviving 9/11, and was brought back to health in a nursery before being replanted as a symbol of ever-growing hope when the landscaping of the memorial area was completed. Cuttings get prepped and sent to places with a qualifyingly dark kinship with New York, having survived terrorism, gun crime, etc. A very simple narrative (this is in the 200 words a book category, and definitely not 200wpp) gives us just what we want, while the illustrations most excellently guide us through the story, with reference to one family witness to it all, both the near death experience the tree had and the rebirth later. A strong four stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I am a 5th grade teacher and I teach about this tree on 9/11. I could see myself using this book as a read aloud to help teach and spark interest about the tree and the tough conversation of 9/11. I think that the timing of this book is appropriate since we are approaching the 20th anniversary. I would recommend all classroom teachers to read this book to help lead a difficult conversation.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Luciana

    A beautiful story of hope, faith and growth. Told mostly through beautiful illustrations, it's perfect for all ages, with an amazing and important lesson that was left from a tragedy. It shows us how nature can survive anything, even in the dark of times, anything can reborn and bring light to the world. A beautiful story of hope, faith and growth. Told mostly through beautiful illustrations, it's perfect for all ages, with an amazing and important lesson that was left from a tragedy. It shows us how nature can survive anything, even in the dark of times, anything can reborn and bring light to the world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Offsay

    The true story of the Callery pear tree that survived the 9/11 attack, was rescued from Ground Zero and replanted 10 years later at the memorial site. A beautiful tribute that reminds us all of our countries resilience and ability to unite and heal. The simple lyrical text and stunning illustrations make it a great conversation opener to use with our littles.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Galiah Morgenstern

    Beautiful, poignant A beautiful segue to age-appropriate discussions with children about 9-11. Love the young girl’s perspective intertwined with the tree’s story of perseverance and survival.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Y.Poston

    A beautiful commemorative story of 9/11

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane Witzig

    Remembrance This book is a gentle way to tell the tragic story of 9/11/2001. Well done! Recommended book for young children.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Huh. Didn't know about the tree. Learned something new. Huh. Didn't know about the tree. Learned something new.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori Lewis

  22. 4 out of 5

    Selma Flores

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annese

  24. 4 out of 5

    Grace Magee

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debby Baumgartner

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Parker

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