Don't you wish YOU still had a 🌳house?


Bob lives in New York City. Very busy, very crowded, very loud, New York City. Whenever he could, he would escape to Central Park. At first, he climbed trees, but at age 13 he built a treehouse. Then it was taken down ... but Bob persevered. He loved his world in the trees. Then one day, he learned that being in the trees could be a career. 

Parent Perspective:
Love, love, love this book. I wish I could have been Bob as a kid. What great memories of all the tree forts and treehouses in my youth! I would imagine that every child who hears this story is going to want to find a tree to build his or her own house. The illustrations are fabulous and the message is wonderful, without being in your face about it. The story doesn't rhyme, but it still has a smooth rhythm.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Simple, descriptive text complements beautiful illustrations. Colorful expressions of Bob's adventures, but subtle enough to make for a great bedtime story, too.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
Escape to Central Park with this picture book that tells the story of a boy who loves trees.
Educational Themes:

Grab some paper and drawing materials and design a treehouse. Is it just for playing? Would you live there? If your reader wants to live there keep going with questions -  how will they get food? what about bad weather? 

Taking the story in a different direction, you can talk about dealing with stresses (noise, lots of people, whatever it may be). What do you do to escape that? This conversation can give you a chance to discover 'triggers' for your child that make them anxious or fearful, as well as create strategies to keep things in balance.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8, 6 to 10
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The illustrations are beautiful and the story will remind you of your childhood dreams.

Title Up in the Leaves

The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses

Author Shira Boss
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2018
Illustrators Jamey Christoph
ISBN 9781454920717
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Geography, Architecture, Urban Fiction
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