The Ghost-Eye Tree

Bibliographic Information: Martin, Jr., B., & Archambault, J. (1985). The Ghost-Eye Tree. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Brief Annotation: A boy and his sister have to go get milk for their mother one night and they argue about who is scared of the ghost-eye tree as they walk down the dark street and past the ghost-eye tree to get the milk.

Genre: Fantasy/Poetry

Grade Level: K-1

Readers who will like this: Children who like poetry; children who like ghosts and scary stories; children who like kids as the main characters in a story.

Rating/Response: 3 This book is fun to read because the brother and sister constantly go back and forth about who is scared of the ghost-eye tree, until they finally reach it and it becomes apparent that they both are scared!

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever been scared of something that you avoided it at all costs? (haunted house, ghost, etc.)

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: This book would be great for having students pinpoint the important ideas in the story. This story has a lot of extra details, so it will be a challenge for students to focus on the main ideas and what the character’s motives are. The illustrations in the book can help with finding the important ideas.

Posted by: Jenna Bosch

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