The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry HeideThe Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide

The Shrinking of Treehorn

byFlorence Parry HeideIllustratorEdward Gorey

Paperback | January 1, 1971

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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. . . .

An ALA Notable Book

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...
Title:The Shrinking of TreehornFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 5.93 × 7 × 0.21 inPublished:January 1, 1971Publisher:Holiday House

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823409759

ISBN - 13:9780823409754

Appropriate for ages: 5


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

From Our Editors

Poor Treehorn. He wakes up one morning to discover he's shrinking, but no one will believe him...not even his parents. When they can no longer deny his assertions...they simply order him to stop. The late and creepy Edward Gorey illustrates Florence Parry Heide's darkly funny tale of the nagging fears that go with being a child.