Ted Kooser will sign House Held up by Trees
To celebrate Children’s Book Week, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser will sign his new book for children, House Held up by Trees (Candlewick Press, $16.99). When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun. The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighboring lots, where thick bushes offered up secret places to play. When the children grew up and moved away, their father, alone in the house, continued his battle against blowing seeds, plucking out sprouting trees. Until one day the father, too, moved away, and as the empty house began its decline, the trees began their approach. At once wistful and exhilarating, this lovely, lyrical story evokes the inexorable passage of time - and the awe-inspiring power of nature to lift us up. Mr. Kooser will also sign Bag in the Wind (Candlewick Press, $17.99). One cold morning in early spring, a puff of wind lifts a plastic bag from the landfill into the lives of several townsfolk -- a can-collecting girl, a homeless man, a store owner -- not that all of them notice. Kooser fashions an understated yet compassionate world full of happenstance and connection, neglect and care.