March 24, 2014

Tenacious Jack Pine

Jack Pine
by Christopher Patton
illustrations by Cybèle Young

Come meet Jack Pine. You'll never see,
     with luck, a tree less lovely than -
a tree more bent, more squat, more grim,
    more weird and ugly than - Jack Pine.

In eloquent free verse, Christopher Patton introduces young readers to Jack Pine. He may be small and stunted, living as he does on thin, sandy soil, but he serves an important purpose - to shelter other pines from wind and scorching sun.

Cybèle Young's exquisite illustrations - three-dimensional collages drawn on etched paper - capture fields, wood, and animals in fine detail.

Creative nonfiction at its finest.

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