The Shrinking of Treehorn

Reinforced Library Binding | September 1, 1971

byFlorence Parry HeideIllustratorEdward Gorey

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"If you want to pretend you're shrinking, that's all right," said Treehorn's mother, "as long as you don't do it at the table." But Treehorn wasn't pretending. He really was shrinking.

Hilarious complications result as he becomes more minuscule by the moment. Treehorn is a bit downhearted when his teacher says, "we don't shrink in this class," and sends him to the principal. Poor Treehorn spends an unhappy day and night until he discovers a magical game that restores him to his natural size. This is a great relief to Treehorn before he notices that he is turning faintly green. . . .

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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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"If you want to pretend you're shrinking, that's all right," said Treehorn's mother, "as long as you don't do it at the table." But Treehorn wasn't pretending. He really was shrinking.Hilarious complications result as he becomes more minuscule by the moment. Treehorn is a bit downhearted when his teacher says, "we don't shrink in this ...

Florence Parry Heide (1919 - 2011) was a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, later moving to Kenosha, Wisconsin. She began writing children's books in 1967 and published over a dozen.  She was the mother of authors Judith Heide Gilliland and Roxanne Heide Pierce.Edward Gorey (1925 - 2000) was born in chicago and received his B.A. at Ha...

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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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 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.