Genre- Historical Fiction

song-of-treesTitle: Song of the Trees

Author: Mildred D. Taylor

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers

Date: 1975

Age Level: Elementary(3-4)

Summary: A young girl’s father is away for work during the depression, when a man offers her grandmother pratically no money to cut down the trees on their property. The young girl, Cassie, is very fond of the trees and hears them sing while others claim it’s just the wind. Her father returns just in time to keep the man from cutting down all the trees.

Strengths: I loved that the book was an easy read and would be great for all types of readers. I thought it was a great representation of what times were like during the depression and especially for African Americans. I thought it was great that the book showed some racial inequalities, but in a way that wasn’t so harsh for readers.  The illustrations are simple, but enough to give a visual of what is going on in the story.

Concerns: I had a hard times with keeping up with the names. I thought it was especially difficult with Big Ma and Mama. I kept getting confused if they were talking about mother of grandmother. I also had a hard time with Stacey being a boy, Cassie’s brother. I didn’t like how the book ended. It was still kind of sad even though they got Mr. Anderson to leave. I wish there would have been some kind of happy note to end on.

Classroom Use: I think this book is short enough that you could either read it to the students or have them read it and have a class discussion about it. It is a great representation of the hard times during the depression and how still African Americans were not seen as being equal to whites.

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