The Branch by Mireille MessierThe Branch by Mireille Messier

The Branch

byMireille MessierIllustratorPierre Pratt

Picture Books | September 6, 2016

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When an ice storm snaps a small girl's favorite branch from the tree in her yard, she's crestfallen. The girl's mom says it's just a branch. But not to her! ?That was the branch I sat on, jumped from, played under. It was my castle, my spy base, my ship . . .? Luckily, her neighbor Mr. Frank understands. He says the branch has ?potential.? ?What's potential?? she asks. ?It means it's worth keeping.? And so, with imagination and spirit, and Mr. Frank's guidance and tools, the girl transforms the broken branch into something whole and new, giving it another purpose, and her another place to treasure.

In this endearing picture book, author Mireille Messier explores a young child's experience with loss and renewal. Though the little girl is heartbroken that her special perch in the tree is gone, the kindness and vision of her neighbor, combined with her own creativity and determination, help her recognize that it can have a new life in a different form. The charming intergenerational relationship adds depth and richness to the story, as it becomes clear they both offer something valuable to each other.
The story is vividly and warmly illustrated by renowned, award-winning artist, Pierre Pratt.

This book would work well for character education lessons on perseverance, teamwork and initiative. It also provides an excellent example of caring for the environment by reusing salvaged materials, making it a terrific pick for Maker Spaces and STEAM lessons.
Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based children's writer with a background in broadcasting and theater. Since the launch of her first book in 2003, Mireille has published over twenty books. When she's not at her computer writing, she thinks up new stories while she walks, drives or sails her big old bo...
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Title:The BranchFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11.5 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771385642

ISBN - 13:9781771385640

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great STEAM Book! The Branch by Mireille Messier, illustrated by Pierre Pratt and published by Kids Can Press​ is a great book that checks off so many boxes. It fits in with STEAM programming, character education programming, and environmental stewardship lessons. During an ice storm, a little girls favourite branch breaks from her beloved tree and falls to the ground. It's the branch that was her "castle, (her) spy base, (her) ship". She's so upset that her branch has broken and wants to keep it forever but Mom gives her the old "we'll see". Mr. Frank, the neighbour, is outside cleaning up his backyard when he catches sight of the girl and her branch. He helps her to see the potential of the branch and what it could become. The two work hard together to create something new. A beautiful story about taking something old and broken and turning it into something that can be enjoyed for so many more years to come. It's a story of finding potential in all things and the delight of having relationships between different generations.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful kids story! This is such a cute children's novel with such an amazing meaning. There are actually many meanings this story can teach, such as: - Always looking on the bright side of any situation - Using creativity to make a situation better - It also encourages team work - It encourages children to keep their sense of imagination And there are many other meaning that readers can find out for themselves by reading this book. The illustrations in this book are so beautiful that anyone of any age can enjoy, and they really bring the story the life. I have no doubt that children will enjoy this book and the message that it sends.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reminds me of The Giving Tree story When a young girl’s favorite branch snaps off after a vicious ice storm she is heartbroken. To her it wasn’t just a branch and no one can see that except for her neighbor Mr. Frank. After visiting his workshop they come up with a plan to transform it into something new.
Date published: 2016-09-02

Editorial Reviews

... a story of new life and the kindness of others.-Quill & Quire