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Solomon's Tree
By author: Andrea Spalding   Illustrated by: Janet Wilson
Selling Points: trees, maple, life-cycle, mask-making, First Nations, Indigenous
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Feb/01/2005
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $10.95
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"Tell me about your tree," said Uncle as he planed the angles of the face. "What did you see among the branches?"
Solomon described the hummingbird nest and the antics of the baby birds. Uncle rounded the brow with the adze, chipped the hollows of the eyes, and told the hummingbird story.
"Did your tree smell nice?" asked Uncle as he used the hook knife to carve the nose. Solomon remembered the sweet spring smell of sap and the pungent, fall odor of crushed leaves.

Solomon has a special friendship with the big old maple outside his house. He knows the tree in all seasons and all weathers. When a terrible storm tears it up by its roots, Solomon is devastated. But through the healing process of making a mask from part of the tree with his uncle, he learns that the cycle of life continues and so does the friendship between himself and the tree.
The Whitehouse Star - April 25, 2003
"A book which is both touching and informative."
CM Magazine - February 14, 2003
"If a perfect author/illustrator team exists, then Andrea Spalding and Janet Wilson must be its embodiment." "Spalding and Wilson have created a memorable cultural gift to pass on to the younger generation." "Highly Recommended."
Booklist - January 1, 2003
"The robust art is exceptionally nice here, rich in fall colors and details that reflect the boy's culture."
Children's Book News - September 1, 2002
"With its diversity and depth, this warm, caring book is one that readers of all ages will enjoy."
Resource Links - September 1, 2002
"Janet Wilson's work is stunning and multi-dimensional." "Solomon's Tree will no doubt soon be on the short list for major awards. It is a beautiful picture book and a pleasure to read aloud."
BC Parent - September 1, 2002
"A beautifully told and moving story of our bond with nature and how it can enrich our lives if we choose to see it in all its glory."
Quill & Quire - September 1, 2002
"A rich celebration of the power and beauty of nature and family relationships, this picture book is a likely contender for national and international awards." "Visually vibrant and generous." "A strong, sensitive, beautifully interpreted title."


CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
BC Book Prize - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Books, commended  CA  2004
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2003
Chocolate Lily nominee, short-listed  CA  2004
First Nation Communities Read Award selection, commended  CA  2004
SYRCA Shining Willow nominee, short-listed  CA  2004
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2002

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