The Very Oldest Pear Tree – Nancy I. Sanders, illustrations by Yas Imamura

   The Very Oldest Pear Tree – Nancy I. Sanders, illustrations by Yas Imamura, Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807566817, 2020 

Format: ARC (Hardcover available August, 2020)

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

 What did you like about the book? Any time a book encourages me to gather more information, I feel it is a good book. After reading this story, I immediately went to the Internet to see what else I could learn. This story is basically about a pear tree that has survived for almost 400 years. The interesting part is that this pear tree is an important part of American history. In 1630 there was a ship travelling from England to America and it was carrying several different sapling trees–one of them was a pear tree. The Governor at the time was named Endecott and he tended to this young pear tree in hopes of planting it and eventually harvesting the fruit. The sapling was planted in front of his home and grew to be strong and tall. Many events surrounded the tree–forest fire, hurricanes, the American Revolutionary War, and the first president of the United States. On an unfortunate evening, a group of vandals came and chopped the tree down to its trunk. Tree experts came and attempted to graft raw branches onto the tree, but they did not take. However, something amazing did happen. The roots of the tree were deep and strong and they were able to send nutrients up to the trunk. Branches actually sprouted from the trunk and the tree survived. It can be seen today (with a protective fence surrounding the tree) in Danvers, Massachusetts.

This is such an interesting story because it shows some American history, but it is also a story about perseverance and hope. This tree is now a legend.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book would be perfect for the early elementary age, especially for a child who loves learning about American history.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children over the age of five years old.

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction or Nonfiction Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, this would be a great book to celebrate Arbor Day.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: July 23, 2020


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2 Responses to The Very Oldest Pear Tree – Nancy I. Sanders, illustrations by Yas Imamura

  1. Reblogged this on Blogzone and commented:
    I’m so thankful for this librarian’s review of my book! This is a great book during election season to share with kids about a little known part of American history!


  2. Thanks so much for posting your review!


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