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A tree grows in Brooklyn  Cover Image Book Book

A tree grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith ; with a foreword by Anna Quindlen.


Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York. Especially in the summer of 1912. Somber, as a word, was better. But it did not apply to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Prairie was lovely and Shenandoah had a beautiful sound, but you couldn't fit those words into Brooklyn. Serene was the only word for it; especially on a Saturday afternoon in summer. Late in the afternoon the sun slanted down into the mossy yard belonging to Francie Nolan's house, and warmed the worn wooden fence. Looking at the shafted sun, Francie had that same fine feeling that came when she recalled the poem they recited in school. This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld. The one tree in Francie's yard was neither a pine nor a hemlock. It had pointed leaves which grew along green switches which radiated from the bough and made a tree which looked like a lot of opened green umbrellas. Some people called it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps and it was the only tree that grew out of cement. It grew lushly, but only in the tenements districts.

Record details

  • ISBN: 0060736267
  • ISBN: 9780060736262
  • Physical Description: xi, 491, 16 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: Current Perennial classics edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, 2005.

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General Note:
Publisher, publishing date and paging may vary.
"A hardcover edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was published in 1943 by Harper & Brothers, Publishers"--T.p. verso.
Target Audience Note:
810L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.8 23 548.
Subject: Poor families > Fiction.
Girls > Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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Cass County Library-Archie F SMI 2005 (Text) 0002205667633 Adult Fiction Available -
Cass County Library-Drexel F SMI 2005 (Text) 0002205667617 Adult Fiction Available -
Cass County Library-Harrisonville F SMI 2005 (Text) 0002205974724 Adult Fiction Available -
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center F SMI 2005 (Text) 0002205179308 Adult Fiction Available -
Cass County Library-Pleasant Hill F SMI 2005 (Text) 0002205667625 Adult Fiction Available -
Lebanon-Laclede County Library F Smith (Text) 3803673100 Adult Fiction Available -
Little Dixie - Huntsville F SMITH (Text) 2004845228 New Adult Fiction Shelves Available -
Little Dixie - Huntsville F SMITH (Text) 2004845252 New Adult Fiction Shelves Available -
Little Dixie - Madison F SMITH (Text) 2004845244 New Adult Fiction Shelves Available -
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