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The singing tree
Seredy, Kate.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books, 1990.

Physical Description:
247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Life changes drastically for a Hungarian family when World War I upsets their peaceful, contented existence and the children are left in charge of the farm.
General Note:
"A Newbery honor book"--P. [4] of cover.
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 7.0 104046.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 9 Quiz: 10450.
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Central Library X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A Newbery Honor Book - from the author of The White Stag

Life on the Hungarian plains is changing quickly for Jancsi and his cousin Kate. Father has given Jancsi permission to be in charge of his own herd, and Kate has begun to think about going to dances. Jancsi hardly even recognizes Kate when she appears at Peter and Mari's wedding wearing nearly as many petticoats as the older girls wear. And Jancsi himself, astride his prized horse, doesn't seem to Kate to be quite so boyish anymore. Then, when Hungary must send troops to fight in the Great War and Jancsi's father is called to battle, the two cousins must grow up all the sooner in order to take care of the farm and all the relatives, Russian soldiers, and German war orphans who take refuge there.

"A spontaneous, lively tale"-- The New York Times

Author Notes

Kate Seredy (1899-1975) is the Hungarian-born writer and illustrator of numerous children's books. She won the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, the Caldecott Honor, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

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