Written by Christopher Patton
Illustrated by Cybele Young
Publication Date August 01, 2007
Jack Pine is an exquisite celebration of a tenacious tree.
In a poem as knotty and beautiful as the tree itself, Christopher Patton tells the story of one Jack Pine, and conveys the splendor of the pine forests that once covered much of eastern North America. Cybele Young's exquisite illustrations, ingenious three-dimensional collages of etched paper, bring to life Jack Pine and a world of stony fields, pine woods, farmers and forest animals.
Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008 2008
Christopher Patton's poetry has earned him several Canada Council grants, the Paris Review's long poem prize, and residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell. He holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and is now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Utah. A volume of poetry titled Ox appeared in 2007. Jack Pine is his first book for children.
Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of the Alcuin Award; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Award (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was named an OLA Best Bet. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto.
"A fabulous read-aloud for elementary school children, especially those studying nature, trees or the environment...Penned like a poem, in short vignettes easy to read, Jack Pine is an amazing nature story based in truth." Post Register
"This is a refreshingly original way to win some fans among young readers for an example of Canada's biodiversity." CM Magazine
"This is a remarkable, effective blend of poetry and botany...Patton changes our imagination...while subtly, triumphantly, communicating botanical and ecological truths...The creative combination of accomplished verbal and visual art, as well as science, makes this a prime candidate for use in school as well as enjoyment at home." Toronto Star
"...Young's exquisite, three-dimensional etched-paper collages are, somewhat paradoxically, the medium that makes visual and visible a most unprepossessing tree...There's a fine and pleasing symmetry here between the plain-spoken but ultimately eloquent verse and the unlovable tree and its ultimate nobility." Globe and Mail
"The generous use of white space invites readers to savor the poetic lines and the visual poetry as well." School Library Journal