Very Good. No DJ. Blake Hampton. 8vo = over 9" White hard covers with illustrated front cover. Some soiling on covers. Bumping on corners and spine. Very clean with tight binding. Illustrationgs done by Blake Hampton.
ISBN. Hardback. No Dustjacket. Reprint edition. Bound in pictorial boards. Good Condition. Tight sound copy with bumped corners, dust soiling to covers, small ding to front edge of back cover and a crunch to bottom edge of back cover, rubs to edges and corners of covers.
This was a cute story by one of my favorite picture-book authors, but not nearly as good as Williams' best books. Some lovely descriptions that take you by surprise and make you want to laugh, as Jay Williams' language often does, but the plot was a little thin.
Dec 26, 2008
Endearing, Eternal Fairytale
This is another of the books that you read and loved as a child. We now live in Florida and have a grapefruit tree in our yard. This fall, the huge yellow fruits, peeking from under the large glossy-green leaves looked exactly like the cover illustration of The Cookie Tree. It is the story of a small town, seeped in tradition and filled with adults who denied and/or feared anything new--especially if they could not understand a reason for it. One morning a golden-leaved, silver-barked tree--bearing chocolate cookies that "russled deliciously"--appears in the town square. None of the adults know who sent it, why it appeared, or what it is FOR. Everything must be FOR something. Neither the parents, town merchants, mayor, wisemen, or nobles can figure it out--and continue to argue amongst themselves. Meg and the children understand immediately what the tree is: a gift from a magician. They do what they were suppose to do: eat the chocolate cookies. They also tell the mayor, who finally decides to listen to them, what it is for: "Collin licked the last of the cookie crumbs from his top lip. 'Please, sir, THAT is what it is FOR.'"
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