The Blue Spruce

Illustrated by Gijsbert van FrankenhuyzenAn inspiring story of determination, hard work, and belief in your dreams until you capture them Former Governor Mario Cuomo shares this endearing life lesson passed down to him from his father.Papa told Mario that having a house with a yard and a tree to call our own was his very special dream Papa was excited about moving his faIllustrated by Gijsbert van FrankenhuyzenAn inspiring story of determination, hard work, and belief in your dreams until you capture them Former Governor Mario Cuomo shares this endearing life lesson passed down to him from his father.Papa told Mario that having a house with a yard and a tree to call our own was his very special dream Papa was excited about moving his family to their new home, after leaving behind their grocery store for many years, and sharing his dream with them Papa and Mario loved the magnificent Blue Spruce that grew in the front yard of their new home, often sharing quiet moments in its cool shadow Each year the Blue Spruce grew taller and stronger, holding within its branches their secrets and dreams Then, one evening, unusually strong winds began to blow as dark clouds filled the sky Mario watched anxiously through the window as the Blue Spruce fought against the winds The Blue Spruce is a story that children will love and parents will love reading Wonderfully illustrated by Royal Academy of Arts trained Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, illustrator of the bestselling The Legend of Sleeping Bear and The Legend of Mackinac Island.
The Blue Spruce Illustrated by Gijsbert van FrankenhuyzenAn inspiring story of determination hard work and belief in your dreams until you capture them Former Governor Mario Cuomo shares this endearing life lesson

  • Title: The Blue Spruce
  • Author: Mario Cuomo Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
  • ISBN: 9781886947764
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Blue Spruce”

    1. "I turned away from Papa. I wanted to tell Papa that I did not believe him. I wanted to tell him that I was cold and mad. I wanted to tell him that he never should have gotten a house with a yard and a tree. I wanted to tell Papa that I did not believe in his dream anymore. But just then a great flash of lighting struck the ground. It lit Papa's face and the huge tree at his feet. I looked at Papa and saw the way his eyes and lips looked in the cold hard rain and I remembered how much the Blue S [...]

    2. I liked this mentor text from, who'd have guessed, Mario Cuomo for a number of reasons. First, he has some strong writing moves that all teachers who teach personal narratives like to show budding writers. Similes, onomatopoeia, explode the moment, repetition and a life lesson are hidden in this memoir. But I also liked The Blue Spruce for some weak word choices. And that's because kids will clearly see how and why we use "million dollar words." Patricia Polacco Mario Cuomo is not. Still, this i [...]

    3. This is a great story for teachers who are looking for lessons about the value of hard work and persistence. It is a story about the author's childhood and the lessons he learned from his father, and from the Blue Spruce tree that grew in his yard. I think that this book would also be a good tool to help teach children what it is to be truly grateful for what you have, and to not take simple things for granted.

    4. Mario Cuomo wrote this so the responses to it are bound to have some political undertone I suppose, but my response to this is simply that it is a very nice book with a hopeful message.

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