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Review: Edgar and the Tree House of Usher

October 2, 2015

Edgar and the Tree House of Usher

I’m a fan of BabyLit books so I was excited when Edgar and the Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams showed up in my mailbox.  It’s the story of a young bird named Edgar.   Edgar is going to visit his friend Roderick and his sister Lenore asks to come along.  Edgar says,

No! Girls are not allowed!

When Edgar sees that Lenore has followed him, he insists that Lenore is not allowed in the tree house.  A big storm comes along and breaks the tree and destroys the tree house.  Lenore offers to help build a new one and the boys realize they were wrong to exclude her.

I’ve never read “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe which this book is based on so I’m not sure if the inspiration is accurate.  I liked the message of the book, though, and think parents could use it to introduce inclusion.  I shared this book with a first grade teacher and both she and her daughter thought it was terrific.  The illustrations by Ron Stucki are cute but rather sparse.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Gibbs Smith. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    October 2, 2015 6:53 am

    I don’t usually read books in this age group but this sounds cute and I like that it’s based on Poe.

  2. October 2, 2015 7:01 am

    I haven’t read all of the books that the Babylit books are based on, but I like the idea of reading the Babylit books first. I will be looking for these books when Shreya gets older.

  3. October 2, 2015 8:14 am

    Looks like fun for the Halloween season.

  4. October 2, 2015 9:24 am

    It’s always good to teach young kids a moral lesson without shoving it down their throats. Nice.

  5. October 2, 2015 9:25 am

    I remember seeing a movie version when I was a kid. This sounds cute.

  6. October 2, 2015 12:20 pm

    I also like many of the BabyLit books.

  7. October 2, 2015 3:45 pm

    Interesting that the dark of Poe’s writing would be made so light for this BabyLit series.

  8. October 2, 2015 4:07 pm

    Poe for a younger crowd, why not

  9. Patty permalink
    October 2, 2015 6:16 pm

    I agree…Poe for kindergarteners is perfect!

  10. October 2, 2015 7:12 pm

    This sounds so cute! Great choice for October.

  11. October 3, 2015 10:17 am

    This is a good book for siblings. My son was in Kindergarten when his sister was born and this would have been good for him. Sounds like a cute book!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    October 5, 2015 2:40 pm

    I love the idea of these Babylit books!

  13. October 7, 2015 8:43 pm

    Now you have to read The Fall of the House of Usher. It’s perfect for Halloween 🙂

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