The Shrinking of Treehorn

Reinforced Library Binding | September 1, 1971

byFlorence Parry HeideIllustratorEdward Gorey

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Poor Treehorn's problem is politely ignored by his parents and barely tolerated by his teachers. An ALA Notable Book.

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 There is no moral lesson behind Florence Parry Heide’s popular story, dominated and indeed shaped by Edward Gorey’s whimsically creepy artwork. It’s just that everyone can identify with The Shrinking of Treehorn, as it describes the common experience of adults ignoring children who insistently try to tell them something. Yet the traum...

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Poor Treehorn's problem is politely ignored by his parents and barely tolerated by his teachers. An ALA Notable Book.

Mrs. Heide is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began writing children's books in 1967 and has published over a dozen of them. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin with her husband and five children. She is the mother of authors Judith Heide Gilliland and Roxanne Heide Pierce.Edward Gorey was born in chicago and received his B.A. at...

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Format:Reinforced Library BindingDimensions:64 pages, 6.31 × 7.38 × 0.38 inPublished:September 1, 1971Publisher:Holiday House Inc

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823401898

ISBN - 13:9780823401895

Appropriate for ages: 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edward Gorey Gorey's art really adds whimsy to this story of a boy who shrinks, to the chagrin of his parents and teachers. An odd and charming story.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Treasure A wonderful story about a boy who loves to send away for the things on the back of cereal boxes. He has a whole collection of such things. One day he wakes up and after a while realizes that he is shrinking. His parents don't believe him at first but by the end of the school day it's quite clear to all that he is indeed shrinking and his parents are quite put out about what to do. Treehorn himself discovers the reason and all ends well but, then, does it? I bought this book from a thrift shop simply because it was illustrated by Gorey; I couldn't have cared less what the book was about. Now the time comes to actually read the book and what a delightful little treasure is hidden in this unpretentious little book. A picture book with text that just pushes the comfort zone for a one sitting read but a captivatingly fantastic story for children. Needless, to say Gorey's b/w drawings have his usual Gothic feel to them even though everyone is oddly dressed in "groovy" seventies clothing. (Not really odd as the book was written in the '70s, but odd for my usual idea of Gorey illustrations) The adults that Treehorn encounters during the day, his parents, his teacher, the principal either don't believe his claim or are much too wrapped up in themselves to really pay attention to his story and any child who has tried to get the attention of a busy adult will relate to this charming, fantastical story. What a delight to know that this little treasure is still in print. Highly recommended for all ages!
Date published: 2009-04-26

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 There is no moral lesson behind Florence Parry Heide’s popular story, dominated and indeed shaped by Edward Gorey’s whimsically creepy artwork. It’s just that everyone can identify with The Shrinking of Treehorn, as it describes the common experience of adults ignoring children who insistently try to tell them something. Yet the trauma of a parent or teacher belittling your beliefs stays with everyone, big and small, which is why this highly unusual picture book is a favourite classic. Treehorn gradually diminishes in stature, unnoticed by his busy and unimaginative parents. It’s not the shrinking he minds so much — it’s that no one sees it, or believes it. How can they miss the evidence of their own eyes? That’s easy — we all do it, every single day. Although some parents may find the tone of the book disquieting, it remains a cherished choice for kids and one of Gorey’s best books.