The Shrinking of Treehorn

Picture Books | January 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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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.

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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:Picture BooksDimensions:64 pages, 6 × 7 × 0.25 inPublished:January 1, 1971Publisher:Holiday House Inc

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823409759

ISBN - 13:9780823409754

Appropriate for ages: 5

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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.