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The Weeping Trees

The Weeping Trees is an illustrated, mixed-media picture book that tells the story of two abandoned plants.

The Weeping Trees originally belonged to Mrs. Green, a stout, old flower shop owner. One day, Mrs. Green notices the young willow’s poor health and nasty temper. To aid in the young willow’s physical and mental development and to establish a new friendship, Mrs. Green conjoins the young willow with an old oak by grafting their branches together. Soon, the trees face difficult circumstances and must work together as one to overcome a situation they would never have been able to survive on their own. The young willow and old oak learn to rely on each other, ultimately realizing how meaningful they have become to one another. Rosa Chang’s The Weeping Trees is a mixed-media picture book filled with whimsical illustrations created using commonly found objects and recycled materials, such as old garments, cardboard boxes, and yarns. However, behind her colorful illustrations, Chang carefully unravels the deep subjects of abandonment, newfound friendship, acceptance, and revival through the adventure had by a young willow and sturdy, old oak.

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