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Book Title: The Tree That Would Not Die|
The author of the book: Ellen Levine
Date of issue: September 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780590437240
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Reader ratings: 6.3
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As a big tree-lover myself, I was interested in learning about the "Treaty Oak," a tree over four hundred years old and whose claim to fame is that it supposedly was the same tree Stephen Austin signed a peace treaty under. Although no historian has proven that fact, legends, in a way, make their own history. Through beautiful illustrations, Ellen Levine takes us through the history of the tree and, consequently, the history of America. Levine and Rand present the story in such a way as to get readers to care about the outcome of this tree, which I feel is a great first step towards getting younger people more interested in environmental conservation and protection. On the other hand, this book is supposed to be non-fiction, and I definitely wouldn't classify it as such. While the tree was (and is) real, and there are historical facts referenced, that doesn't change the fact that Levine took so many liberties when writing this book. She has characters interact with the "Treaty Oak" without providing references showing that such instances actually occurred; the blurb at the back ("About the Treaty Oak") acts as a teaser for a more substantial reference list. Although I did enjoy the story and the illustrations, my frustration with the lack supporting evidence dropped my rating. If this book was presented as a work of fiction, I probably would take less umbrage with it.
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Read information about the authorEllen Levine's books have won many awards and honors, including the Jane Addams Peace Award. Although she enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction, most of Ellen's books for young readers have been nonfiction. "Writing nonfiction lets me in behind the scenes of the story. I enjoy learning new things and meeting new people, even if they lived 200 years ago."
Ellen Levine was born in New York City. She received her B.A. degree in Politics from Brandeis University, graduating Magna cum laude. She has a Master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law. She has worked in film and television, taught adults and immigrant teenagers in special education and ESL programs, and served a law clerkship with Chief Judge Joseph Lord, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A former staff attorney with a public interest law group, Levine now devotes her time to writing, lecturing, and teaching. She is on the faculty of Vermont College's MFA program in writing for Children and Young Adults.
Ellen Levine divides her time between New York City and Salem, New York.
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