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Miss McGillicuddy's simple country routine continues through-out the year in spite of a very unusual tree growing in her yard.


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Miss McGillicuddy's simple country routine continues through-out the year in spite of a very unusual tree growing in her yard.

30 review for The Money Tree

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    It’s official: I am in love with this wife-husband author-illustrator team. This is the fifth book by them that I’ve read. I particularly adore Small’s illustrations. I wasn’t sure I’d like this one; the premise seemed weird and the story a tad too message heavy, but I really enjoyed it. I was enchanted by all the pictures, in particular those of the dogs, cats, and birds, but all of them really. The autumn leaves on the inside cover pages are gorgeous. The story goes from January to December, one It’s official: I am in love with this wife-husband author-illustrator team. This is the fifth book by them that I’ve read. I particularly adore Small’s illustrations. I wasn’t sure I’d like this one; the premise seemed weird and the story a tad too message heavy, but I really enjoyed it. I was enchanted by all the pictures, in particular those of the dogs, cats, and birds, but all of them really. The autumn leaves on the inside cover pages are gorgeous. The story goes from January to December, one month on every double page. Miss McGillicuddy discovers a rapidly growing tree in her yard. Her priorities and others’ are not the same, and there is a message here about money not being the source of one’s main happiness. I smiled at the end, yet I also felt sad and wished for a slightly different conclusion, but I’m not sure what exactly what I’d have done instead. It worked out okay for me. It’s a lovely story with wonderful illustrations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    I really enjoyed this book! It depicts a woman who lives in the country and quietly goes about her chores: planting a garden, caring for her pets, making a quilt, reading a book, etc. All the while, a money tree sprouts up in her yard and people go nuts trying to harvest the leaves. It is a simple story and tells about a woman unimpressed with material wealth, but comforted by a warm fire on a winter's night. It speaks of a simpler life, one that is not defined by dollars, but by the quality and I really enjoyed this book! It depicts a woman who lives in the country and quietly goes about her chores: planting a garden, caring for her pets, making a quilt, reading a book, etc. All the while, a money tree sprouts up in her yard and people go nuts trying to harvest the leaves. It is a simple story and tells about a woman unimpressed with material wealth, but comforted by a warm fire on a winter's night. It speaks of a simpler life, one that is not defined by dollars, but by the quality and joy with which you live it. I think we all can take something from this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    If only poor, oblivious Miss McGillicudy knew. Haha. Ages: 4 - 8 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website! If only poor, oblivious Miss McGillicudy knew. Haha. Ages: 4 - 8 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Greed. It gets all of us, sometime. My favorite picture in this book is when autumn comes and finds Miss M carving a pumpkin. She stands and watches people at the foot of the money tree, knife clasped behind her back. Perfection.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terri Shown

    I wanted to love this book. The illustrations are charming and the premise is interesting but I feel like the book lacked an adequate ending or something. I thought it would be more heart warming but at the end I remembering feeling the book fell a little flat. The main character obviously isn’t concerned about money but I felt the message of the book missed a mark a bit. It is saved however by the stunning illustrations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolina

    This book encapsulates my ideal reclusive, rural, self-sufficient life, complete with three dogs and a working fireplace. A cozy book, but with a faintly distressing central theme come at from the side. What you get is not a lesson in morality but an open-ended question. I like a writer who trusts a reader that way. And, as always, David Small's artwork has a way of somehow capturing essence in posture and look. Simple, wonderful.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I used this as the first book in the Sarah Stewart author study with 2nd grade. I used the kit with the CD, which was nice because it has the background noises and everything. One of the kids said it was kind of like watching a movie. The idea of a "money tree" was fascinating to the kids, as well. I took the activity idea from Patte---I had the kids draw what they think a money tree would look like and then on the back write what they would do if a money tree grew in their yard.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    29 months - not our most favorite story by this author/illustrator duo. The illustrations were as always beautiful and the dogs and cats reminded us of our past and present friends. O is a bit young to understand the story she asked me what money was, oh to be two again. So more than likely this story will spark some interesting discussions as she gets older.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    A fun idea for a book. I thought it was a tad preachy, but still fascinating. The kids were listening to this on-tape in the next room, and Matt and I were drawn several times over to them to check out the illustrations that could accompany such mind-sparking text.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marianna

    At the end my children were both "Is she crazy?" The events of this book lead to a very interesting discussion about just why Miss McGillicuddy may have taken the actions she did. The book also has lovely illustrations.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I must be missing something. I mean, ok, yes, greed is not only bad but embarrassing, and self-sufficiency and hard work are good. But the mc looks so very sad in all the pictures. Her animal companions are adorable, though!

  12. 5 out of 5

    momma.hailey

    While the ending surprised me....and I'm not certain still if I liked it or not, the illustrations captivated my children and myself.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danette

    I enjoyed the illustrations and watching the passing of the seasons in Miss McGillicuddy's garden. I didn't really understand the ending. Read with Naomi & Arielle. I enjoyed the illustrations and watching the passing of the seasons in Miss McGillicuddy's garden. I didn't really understand the ending. Read with Naomi & Arielle.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    Miss McGillicuddy has the patience of a saint. She is blessed with a tree that has foliage that looks like money. More and more people help themselves to the fruits and trees. She does not complain all through that, nor when the tree is no longer.

  15. 5 out of 5

    J

    I love the message of this book, there's more to life than money. But will kids get it? What about the ending, why does she smile?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Read this book to the kids when they were younger and have always been on the lookout for it at thrift stores or garage sales. It's a keeper..krb 3/10/19

  17. 5 out of 5

    K

    Other reviewers are saying this book was 'message heavy.' What message? I didn't get it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    What beautiful illustrations!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Weiner

    I read this for the reading rush, but I don't know what challenge it accomplished I think I read it to read my goal of seven books. This is one of my childhood books. I didn't understand the deeper meaning as a kid, but I loved the art of it. But now, I know the story explains how chasing money is not the meaning to a happy and peaceful life. I love how the story uses nature and seasons to deliver this message. I love love love this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Book Title: The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart Short Description: In this story, Miss McGillicuddy watches, throughout the year, a strange plant that is growing in her garden. Narrative Features I would use in a mini-lesson: 1. Conflict and resolution: Sarah Stewart uses this story to show the conflict of man vs society. She describes the greediness of people in a powerful way. (In July, the town officials came by to borrow some of the greenery for some special projects. In August, she noticed th Book Title: The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart Short Description: In this story, Miss McGillicuddy watches, throughout the year, a strange plant that is growing in her garden. Narrative Features I would use in a mini-lesson: 1. Conflict and resolution: Sarah Stewart uses this story to show the conflict of man vs society. She describes the greediness of people in a powerful way. (In July, the town officials came by to borrow some of the greenery for some special projects. In August, she noticed the people carrying bags and baskets were perfect strangers!) At the end, the story is resolved when she cuts down the tree. Students could use this story to help them outline and understand how to create a conflict and resolve the conflict by the end of the story. 2. Theme: Stewart uses this story to send a message to readers. The message of the story is: "Take only what you need and Be happy with what you have." Students can use this book to help them create a central message in their stories. 3. Sequencing: Stewart shows time differently by summarizing each month in an entire year. For example, "In January, when Miss McGillicuddy was making a quilt in front of the fire, she noticed an unusual shape outside her living-room window." Each page starts with the month, what the character was doing, and what was happening with the tree. This could be helpful for students who are wanting to show large chunks of time in their story. Teach: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. 1. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. 2.Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations. 3.Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events. 4.Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely. Expected Outcome: Students will be able to create a narrative with conflict, resolution, and a central message.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Miss McGillicuddy notices a strange tree growing in her yard...a tree growing money. She shares the money with others and some people go crazy trying to collect as much money as they can from the tree. Meanwhile, each month, Miss McGillicuddy goes on tending her garden, caring for her animals and reading by the fire. I like the illustrations a lot, although while Miss McGillicuddy seems puzzled by the greed of others, she also looks sad in nearly every illustration. I wonder what message/lesson Miss McGillicuddy notices a strange tree growing in her yard...a tree growing money. She shares the money with others and some people go crazy trying to collect as much money as they can from the tree. Meanwhile, each month, Miss McGillicuddy goes on tending her garden, caring for her animals and reading by the fire. I like the illustrations a lot, although while Miss McGillicuddy seems puzzled by the greed of others, she also looks sad in nearly every illustration. I wonder what message/lesson children would get from this story? Would they recognize that money is not truly a source of happiness (a lesson that might be more effective if Miss McGillicuddy looked happy!) or that we can be content with what we have. I appreciate Miss McGillicuddy's unselfish sharing with others...and not just sharing the money on the money tree.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Do you think money grows on trees? I've heard that one so many times before. Well, in this book it does, and rather than that being the dream come true for the owner that you might expect it to be, the tree is more of a curiosity that gradually transforms into a burden for her over the course of the year, as it attracts the interest of townsfolk far and wide. This is a rather fast read. Each month of the year gets one stanza, but it is an interesting book all the same. It certainly is the sort o Do you think money grows on trees? I've heard that one so many times before. Well, in this book it does, and rather than that being the dream come true for the owner that you might expect it to be, the tree is more of a curiosity that gradually transforms into a burden for her over the course of the year, as it attracts the interest of townsfolk far and wide. This is a rather fast read. Each month of the year gets one stanza, but it is an interesting book all the same. It certainly is the sort of book that could generate some conversation in a classroom. The tree's owner, Miss McGillicuddy, doesn't treat the tree in the way that a lot of younger readers would expect. Really a nice piece of writing, and her husband does a nice job illustrating, as he always seems to do.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I adore every book that Sarah Stewart has written and her husband has illustrated. BUT will someone please explain the ending of this story to me. Why did the tree get cut down in December by her and the neighbor boys and the last page read "Miss McGillicuddy gave each boy a loaf of homemade bread, a jar of strawberry jam, and a bouquet of dried flowers. Then she said goodbye, walked toward the warmth of the fire, and smiled to herself." I need things in black and white I guess. And I sure once I I adore every book that Sarah Stewart has written and her husband has illustrated. BUT will someone please explain the ending of this story to me. Why did the tree get cut down in December by her and the neighbor boys and the last page read "Miss McGillicuddy gave each boy a loaf of homemade bread, a jar of strawberry jam, and a bouquet of dried flowers. Then she said goodbye, walked toward the warmth of the fire, and smiled to herself." I need things in black and white I guess. And I sure once I explained I will totally get it and wonder why I didn't understand that on my own. I still give it four stars and I want to read more of their books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I checked this book out in a new release of a 1991 book. It was illustrated by David Small. I did not like the sad way the main character was drawn. The cummulative monthly story about a tree growing in her yard that she didn't plant but all the neighbors and others come to harvest the money. She doesn't seem bothered by the people who come to see and take from her. I think I would read it aloud and then ask older 3rd -5th grade students about their feelings and thoughts about a money tree and wh I checked this book out in a new release of a 1991 book. It was illustrated by David Small. I did not like the sad way the main character was drawn. The cummulative monthly story about a tree growing in her yard that she didn't plant but all the neighbors and others come to harvest the money. She doesn't seem bothered by the people who come to see and take from her. I think I would read it aloud and then ask older 3rd -5th grade students about their feelings and thoughts about a money tree and what they would have done. It would bring about discussion and maybe be a kick off to writing their own story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Another Sarah Stewart/David Small picture book. More of a serious theme this time, about a woman who has a money tree start growing in her yard. While she goes about doing her normal day-to-day activities, everyone around her assails upon her money tree to get a piece of it. Great conversational material about how some people let money take over their lives and how those who don't are more content.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    The Money Tree tells its story through deceptively simple, almost circumspect text and rich, endlessly evocative illustrations. It movingly captures the enduring beauty and reassurances of and in the changes of the seasons. The book simultaneously pays tribute to personal resilience and communal generosity. Read my full review here: http://bookgaga.posterous.com/the-mon... The Money Tree tells its story through deceptively simple, almost circumspect text and rich, endlessly evocative illustrations. It movingly captures the enduring beauty and reassurances of and in the changes of the seasons. The book simultaneously pays tribute to personal resilience and communal generosity. Read my full review here: http://bookgaga.posterous.com/the-mon...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Moss

    The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart is about a woman who lives in a country town. After tending to her daily garden needs, the women soon learns that a unexpected tree blossoming from her yard. While others go crazy about the unique tree she seems disinterested. This story was so great and heartfelt because it display how material things or wealth aren't important. I would use this book in my classroom to teach my students that material things around you aren't always important.

  28. 4 out of 5

    J. Torres

    While the illustrations by David Small are quite lovely, the text by Sarah Stewart lacks a little something to make this familiar story more memorable. It does have a subtle charm, however, and an interesting structure but I was waiting for a clever twist or... simply something more to happen in the story. Not a bad read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    R.J.

    I sense there's something profound going on here, but I'm not sure I can discern what it is. That money will soon pass away? That the rhythms of life matter more than a tree that is here today and gone tomorrow? The serenity of the protagonist amid the frenzy of her neighbors appeals to me. Haunting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Waring-Crane

    Technically this title belongs on the Children's shelf. But I think it's a bona fide crossover tale that, while masquerading as another picture book, holds wisdom for all ages. What would happen if money grew on trees?

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