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...
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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 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.