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Up in the Tree

by Margaret Atwood

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imagination & play, siblings
list price: $19.95
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: 2010
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 6
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3 to 6
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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Winner, Child Magazine Best Children's Book Award
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Includes audio CD read by Margaret Atwood, with music and additional sound effects

This story about the adventures of two children who live up in a tree is vintage Atwood -- playful, whimsical and wry. The perfect integration of words and pictures creates a coherent and delightful whole.

When this charming book was first published in 1978, there was a widespread idea that it was too expensive and risky to publish a children's book in Canada. And so Margaret Atwood not only wrote and illustrated the book, she handlettered the type! The book was created in the old-fashioned way, using only two colors that mixed together to produce a surprisingly large range of tones and textures. The delightful result reminds us that technology hasn't necessarily made things better.

This facsimile edition renders intact the unique pleasures of the original and includes an audio CD read by Margaret Atwood, with music and additional sound effects.

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Contributor notes

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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Editorial Reviews

The lyrical, rhyming text will delight even the youngest children, and early readers will be able to read the book independently. Highly recommended.

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...a whimsical story of two big-eyed kids who, indeed, live in a tree....for those who think Atwood can't do cute, think again.

— Calgary Herald

Spare and simple, this 30-year-old title offers a refreshing return to basics.

— Booklist

...little people will...become enchanted by the sounds and cadence of the words in Up in The Tree.

— Globe and Mail

This could be a collectible - not just because it's Atwood. Because it still rocks....a gem of a book.

— New Brunswick Telegraph

A delightful addition for any school, library or personal collection! Highly recommended.

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