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Tree. Table. Book. de Lois Lowry

de Lois Lowry - Género: English
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From two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry comes this warm and resonant story of an unlikely friendship, which unfolds as a revelation on how we hold on to—and pass on—what matters most.

Everyone knows the two Sophies are best friends. One is in elementary school, and one is . . . well . . . in a little trouble of late. She's elderly, sure, but she's always been on her game, the best friend any girl struggling to fit in could ever have. The Sophies drink tea, have strong opinions about pretty much everything, and love each other dearly. Now it seems the elder Sophie is having memory problems, burning teakettles, and forgetting just about everything. It looks like her son is going to come and get her and steal her away forever. Young Sophie isn't having that. Not one bit. So she sets out to help elder Sophie's memory, with the aid of her neighborhood friends Ralphie and Oliver. But when she opens the floodgates of elder Sophie's memories, she...


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Tree, Table, Book by Lois Lowry was one of the most beautiful yet powerful books I have read in a very long time. Leave it to a masterfully talented author Lois Lowry to create a friendship between an eleven year old girl and an eighty-eight year old woman. It was a friendship based on sincerity and love. I grew up reading Lois Lowry’s books and had recommended them to my students that I taught over the years but Tree, Table, Book was in a class of its own. Its message was compassionate and so powerful. I listened to the audiobook of Tree, Table, Book that was recorded as a voicegalley. I listened to it in one sitting since I was not able to pull myself away from it. It was tender, hopeful, sad and so meaningful.

Sophie Henry Winslow was an only child who grew up in a small town in New Hampshire. She was socially awkward and did not have many if any girlfriends from her school. Sophie was eleven years old which is an awkward time in any girl’s life but couple that with having to wear not so fashionable glasses and having to follow a very healthy yet strict diet of choice and you have the recipe for a life absent of any meaningful friendships. Sophie was unperturbed about this because her best friend lived right across the street from her. This friend did not attend her school, though. Sophie’s best friend was an eighty-eight year old woman named Sophie Gershowitz. The two Sophie’s enjoyed playing word games together, sipping tea in the older Sophie’s kitchen and talking about things they both found interesting.

One evening, Sophie Winslow overheard a conversation her parents were having about her best friend, Sophie Gershowitz. Apparently, the older Sophie’s son was growing concerned about his mother’s failing cognitive functioning. Sophie Gershowitz’s son was an accountant and lived in Akron, Ohio. He was planning on coming to New Hampshire to take his mother to be evaluated by a doctor. If the son’s suspicions were proven correct he planned on taking Sophie back to Ohio and placing her in a facility that would provide a safe place for Sophie to live and a place where she would be cared for. Young Sophie was not going to let that happen. Her friend was just fine. She was not going to allow anyone to take her best friend away from her.

The next day, Sophie Winslow got hold of a Merck Manual. In it she found the type of tests the doctor would conduct on Sophie. The older Sophie was able to ace many of the tests but there was one that proved quite difficult for her. It was impossible for the older Sophie to recall a combination of three words that the younger Sophie told her after a few minutes had lapsed. Young Sophie had an idea to help her friend remember those words and be able to recite the words back to her. Sophie Winslow believed that if older Sophie was able to associate a common word with a story or memory it was going to probably be easier for older Sophie to recall the words. Thus, young Sophie spoke the words tree, table, book and asked old Sophie to remember them. Young Sophie repeated the word tree and asked old Sophie to tell her a story about a tree she remembered. Sophie Winslow repeated this process with all three words. The stories that Sophie Gershowitz shared with her young friend were about her childhood growing up in Poland and her family’s experiences during World War II. Young Sophie learned so much about her best friend that day.

Tree, Table, Book by Lois Lowry was classified as a middle grade book but I believe that adults, (including myself) will enjoy it just as much. I admit that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. At first glance I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book. It ended up being one of my favorite books that I have read so far this year. Tree, Table, Book gave a whole new definition to the meaning of friendship. It was about friendship above all but also about love, acceptance and sharing. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook of Tree, Table, Book by Lois Lowry and highly recommend it.

Thank you to Harper Audio for allowing me to listen to Tree, Table, Book by Lois Lowry through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.marilyn-s-challenge50 s14 comments Mary3,044 11

Eleven-year-old Sophia is in denial that her best friend eighty-eight-year-old Sophie is showing signs of dementia. Sophia is determined to help Sophie pass her cognition test and in the process learns more about Sophie's childhood in Poland. A beautiful story of acceptance, friendship and memory. A must read for readers of all ages by a master storyteller!

"I began to fantasize that I could be a fixer-upper of the world. Not just slapping on new paint, but rebuilding the foundations of things, the way my dad said. I could go back to where terrible mistakes were made, and I would find the flaws, fix them, make things solid and right."024familyreadaloud 024fiction-nonfiction family-read-aloud ...more11 s Ivonne Rovira2,122 220

Eleven-year-old Sophie Winslow’s very dearest friend lives next door: 88-year-old Sophie Gershowitz. They spend a lot of time together and enjoy many of the same things, including making up word games, drinking tea and eating cookies. But when old Sophie’s son, an accountant who lives in Akron, believes his mom is losing her cognitive ability, the precocious Sophie Winslow makes it her priority to prove that her best friend is as cogent as ever. And in that quest, we learn more about Sophie Gershowitz and the Old Country than we could have imagined.

Newbery winner Lois Lowry has written a book that will please adults as much as children — more probably. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley, Harper Collins Children’s Books and Clarion Books in exchange for honest review.
children-literature quest-for-excellence-winter-202411 s1 comment Dawn Michelle2,629

I was 17 when my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's [and 18 when her sister was diagnosed with Dementia] and it completely changed all of our lives. I remember coming home from my seven months in Brazil and finding her so dramatically changed that it was frightening [and I was 20 years old]; she had forgotten how to play the piano, something she had done since she was a child and I remember going home and crying over this loss - both for her and for all of us that loved to hear her play. She knew none of us when she died and I will always remember just how difficult that was for my Mom and my Aunt as they navigated caring for her and then the grief of her passing.

My Dad died in 2016 and within a year of that, I noticed my Mom was struggling with remembering things and how it seemed to get worse, taper off, then get worse again. She had to take the tests that Sophie in the book has to take and she also did not do well. For about 4 years, we had my great-nieces with us almost every weekend and for several weeks in the summer and it was so good for her. They were 13, 10, and 7 the last time we saw them and they absolutely knew what was going on and dealing with her forgetfulness, helping her and being little bugs of encouragement was something they did every time they were here. To those who are saying this was not how middle-graders would act or that this was "too much" for most middle-graders, are not giving them enough credit. Even our precious seven year old knew what was happening and was old enough to understand; I think that this book is perfect for middle-graders and for kids below and above; especially if they have someone in their lives that is currently dealing with this horrible disease.

Today, as I was reading this, my Mom is having a very bad day. It ebbs and flows, but as of late, it is mostly bad days. I never thought I would have to deal with this twice in my lifetime and I will admit it is overwhelming at times. I understand how young Sophie struggles with the idea of her friend going away [to assisted living] because I often think about that myself. I am glad she was able to see just how important it was for older Sophie to be safe and that she needed more care, even if it was difficult to let this beloved friend go.

This book made me cry; actually I cried through most of it. I didn't really know what this book was about when I requested it [Lois Lowry is a HUGE favorite and I just requested without seeing what it was about] and so I was surprised when the book started to learn it was about what I deal with every single day. And so I cried. I cried for the characters in the book. I cried for my Mom. I cried for those who know and love my Mom. And I cried for myself. And then I dried my tears and went and did what needed to be done for the day.

I think this book will really help people who have loved ones who are struggling with Alzheimer's, Dementia or ANY kind of debilitating illness. It is a reminder to love, and love deeply. Listen to the stories because they are important and when the loved ones are gone, you will be the only one to continue the sharing of the stories [there are SO MANY THINGS I wish I had asked my grandmother]. And I think it will help people remember that patience is the best tool to have in these cases, along with love.

Thank you to NetGalley, Lois Lowry, and HarperCollins Children's Books/Clarion Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. already-own audiobook-flp books-read-in-2024 ...more9 s Carole Barker303 21

Three simple, everyday words unearth the story of a woman’s life.

Eleven year old Sophie lives with her parents in a small New Hampshire town. She isn’t terribly popular at school…dorky glasses and a passion for good nutrition aren’t much help in that regard. But she does have a best friend whose name is also Sophie, and who just happens to be seventy seven years older than she is. The two Sophies are neighbors and enjoy spending time with one another, playing games and talking about things they both enjoy. When the younger Sophie overhears her parents talking about her friend’s mental condition (the elder Sophie’s son is coming to town to bring his mother to the doctor for cognitive testing), she is devastated at the thought of her best friend moving away to assisted living. She is not inclined to sit back passively, however; she delves into a Merck Manual to find out just what this testing might entail, and how well the elder Sophie might fare in taking it. It turns out that the one aspect of the testing with which the the elder Sophie has difficulty is in remembering three random words, given and then asked to be recalled later. Thinking of ways to help her friend remember the words, young Sophie asks her to take each word….in this case tree, table, and book….and think of a specific example of each to help hold on to the word. As one friend tries to help the other, stories of a childhood long forgotten come forth, and the friendship deepens even as it heads towards a major change.
In a gifted author Lois Lowry, even simple words can have amazing power, and they certainly do in this tale of friendship and love. Young Sophie is a smart, awkward and endearing young girl who doesn’t want to lose her best friend to distance or memory loss. She searches for a way to change the course of events, and do it in a way that benefits both she and her friend. I’m sure that I am not the only person who remembers myself at that age being different than my peers, maybe more comfortable with adults than giggling girls. And i certainly am not the only person who has seen the aging process have an effect on people I love, and the worries and torn loyalties that can ensue. Reading “Tree. Table. Book.” reminds us that there are always things to learn from, and about, the people in our lives….and it is important to do so while those people are still around to share their stories with us. A simple but powerful story, told with humor and compassion, that I recommend most highly to readers young and old, teachers, librarians….really, to everyone. Many thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Children’s Books/Clarion for allowing me access to an advanced reader’s copy of this wonderful story.9 s Sticky Note Book Recs Melissa335 25

I absolutely loved this story about an 11 year old girl and her 88 year old best friend and neighbor, both named Sophie. Older Sophie is starting to show signs of dementia, and the story follows younger Sophie trying to deal with what this decline means to their friendship.
I really love that our quirkly little protagonist is a clever, well-developed character that I cared about right away. Lowry did a wonderful job of giving this story characters with their own personality and depth, and making them all so likable. It was an absolute joy to read. But don't let the words "quirky" and "joy" fool you. There were also tender and touching moments that authentically broke my heart.
I'll have no problem recommending this book to our customers, young and old. If you have a child who is also dealing with the very difficult life change of watching an elder loved one in cognitive decline, this book could offer some comfort, empathy, and understanding, along with giving an opening for discussing these topics.
Thank you NetGalley for sharing the ARC with me!7 s Robin Pelletier1,189 7

I haven't read a Lowry in a hot minute and I forgot how much I love her writing. This book was incredible. If you ever teach a WWII novel or you're into WWII literature - YOU NEED THIS BOOK in your life. I cried several times at the simplicity of the three simple words that shape this novel and their profound stories,

This is the story of one best friend named Ralpie who super supports his friend's weird obsession with his dad's medical manuals. This is the story of one super adorable and precocious kid named Oliver who sees the world differently than most. This is the story of TWO Sophies: one older and one young who love each other fiercely and deeply. This is the story of three words that changed all of their lives: Tree. Table. Book.

..."and I get As in history always. I memorize the dates and the names of battles, but..." I didn't complete the sentence and finally, in the silence, she asked, "but what, my darling?"
"Those things aren't enough," I whispered. "You can't feel them. You need the stories."

YOU NEED THESE STORIES!
This is probably my top read of 2023.
Heartbreaking in so many ways, yet totally needed and hopeful.
(As my family is Polish, I appreciated the Polish words and Polish phrases sprinkled into the story as well!)5 s Pamela RibonAuthor 37 books449

She’s the best of the best, Lois Lowry.

From my kid (11), who felt compelled to write her first Goodreads review:

Tree. Table. Book. was a real sad, happy, nerve-wracking, and sometimes funny book. It really shows how much a connection can be. I help kids with special needs sometimes, and I think Oliver is on the autistic spectrum because he showed more than twenty signs of autism. I also relate to Oliver because I am a person with ADHD and anxiety. I related to what he said a lot. Sometimes I don’t really get jokes and feel left out, he does. But he always knows what is right and in his gut. And that is why Oliver is my favorite character. In conclusion, Tree. Table. Book. is now one of my favorites. 20245 s Elisabeth352 5

There was so much I enjoyed about this book, especially the inter-generational friendship, the gentle exploration of dementia, and the connections between writing and an individual’s life story.
Unfortunately, I feel this book really missed the mark on helping a reader understand the significance of the Holocaust unless they are already familiar with the historical details and significance. There were also a few mentions of prejudices and assumptions that I think would go over the heads of the target audience (large Catholic families), an unhelpful view of nutrition (good vs. bad food mindset/junk food and empty calories shaming), vocabulary that is inappropriate for the target age group, and a reference to an imaginary same-sex couple that didn’t fit the plot line and felt it was mentioned just for inclusion’s sake. The MC narrator felt younger than her mentioned age based on her storytelling and train of thought, although she was well-versed in many advanced topics, which also led to a disconnect as the reader.

I wanted to love this and had hoped to add it to our school library, but unfortunately there were too many little things that added up to keep me from recommending it.contemporary friendship holocaust ...more4 s2 comments Shanley MahsayAuthor 2 books8

Tree, Table, Book is another well-written story by Lois Lowry that both middle-grade readers and adults will enjoy. The story revolves around a close friendship between a socially awkward eleven-year-old girl and a spry eighty-eight-year-old woman who has been showing signs of dementia and may soon need to live in a nursing care facility. But the young friend plans to try to prevent this from happening.chapter-book contemporary mental-health ...more4 s Amy Bell423 10

Tree. Table. Book by Lois Lowry is about an eleven year old girl and her neighbors and her relationship with them, especially her elderly neighbor who is showing signs of dementia. While I had high hopes for this book I was really disappointed for a couple of reasons. The first one being that for no other reason than the current LGBT agenda is there one line in the whole book about a same sex couple. It had no bearing on the story. It’s a bot just threw it in. The second reason is that the story felt it should be written for an older person. My elven year old would not be interested in this book. She would have given up on it before it got to the good part where the elder Sophie shared her secret. This book could have been so much better than it turned out to be.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion.2024-books-read-amy juvenile-chapter netgalley-arc-reads4 s Sadie Newell179 7

Lois Lowry has cornered the market in explaining big topics in such a gentle way that young adults can understand and I am here for it.

Sophie and Sophie are best friends, neighbors and 66 years apart in age. They are an unconventional pair, bonded by name and location but their relationship is so sweet. When old Sophie’s memory starts to go, young Sophie has to come to terms that her best friend may need something more than she can give.

This truly is a heartwarming tale of love, friendship and learning the hard things softly. Wonderful for children that perhaps know someone going through Alzheimer’s in the family and want to make sense of it a bit more.

**Thank you, NetGalley for a free advance copy! All thoughts are my own.5 s Jesse2,605

Wow; this one packs a punch! It's a pleasure to watch young Sophie grow and learn to accept what's best for others isn't always what's best for you. I adored her and elder Sophie's friendship and watching them struggle through the early stages of dementia was heartbreaking. Older Sophie's stories associated to each word were devastating and eye-opening to her listeners (young Sophie and me). It's amazing how much life and meaning we can feel when presented with one tiny word. <3

Thank you to Libro.fm and Clarion for an advanced listening copy in exchange for an honest review.audiobook fave-authors glgb2024 ...more3 s Anita76 Read

I love Lois Lowry. Sharing memories connects us to one another. ❤️3 s Shelby368 88

Lois Lowry is a national treasure. The author of The Giver returns with a story of two best friends and next-door neighbors, both named Sophie, who are eighty years apart. Young Sophie, anxious and slightly controlling, hears rumblings that Elder Sophie is exhibiting signs of dementia. Desperate to fix her best friend's cognition so she doesn't move away, Young Sophie references cognitive tests in her trusty Merck manual and, through interviews, learns the story of Elder Sophie's, née Shlomit, miraculous concealment and rescue in WWII Poland.

Dementia, unfortunately, touches all of our lives. I love middle-grade novels for the way they help us process hard, universal things with hope and friendship.childrens-books3 s Shanereads185 8

I love all of Lois Lowry's books. Nothing can top the Giver quartet, but this is a great read for kids.

Sophie, our young narrator, is writing a book primarily to do with her elderly best friend of the same name. Unfortunately she overhears that Sophie maybe getting dementia. She begins testing her cognition by having her memorize words to help with her cognitive test. As the story progresses, Sophie learns the real life experiences of her best friend surviving and leaving Poland as a Jewish girl in WW2.

This is a lovely book and a perfect pairing for Lois Lowry's earlier book Number the Stars.

This digital review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Huge thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins Children's books for my review copy!arc-giveaways2 s Antoniette319 20

Lois Lowry has done it again! The author of The Giver and Number the Stars has gifted us with another beautiful novel for the middle grades audience.

In Tree. Table. Book., we get to know the story about a unique friendship between a young girl and her elderly neighbor, the two Sophies. This is an emotional story told through the eyes of young Sophie who has just learned that her best friend may be placed in a specialized care facility soon.

While this book is written for younger readers, I truly enjoyed reading it as an adult.
4.5 stars, rounded up.

Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins Children's Books for allowing me early access to the ARC ebook edition of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 2 s1 comment Audrey Ginay38 1 follower

For fans of Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia, and Lauren Wolk’s Wolf Hollow,
Lois Lowry gently approaches the sensitive topic of ambiguous loss with timeless grace as Tree. Table. Book. addresses the pain felt when a loved one is diagnosed with Dementia.

Our protagonist, Sophie, is an individual that many young readers (and readers of all ages) will be able to relate to. She copes with her anxieties and fears in endearingly age-appropriate ways, behaving as a real 11 year old girl could when faced with the possibility of losing their best friend. We follow her as she invents various tactics designed to prevent her aging best friend (also named Sophie) from having to move away; and in the process hears transformative tales of what it was to be a Polish youth with WWII looming.

With her signature historical fiction threads running throughout the narrative, Lowry manages to weave a tale that begins subtly but still manages to help the reader navigate through the coping process. Readers will finish with a feeling of renewed respect for history, learning, and friendships of all kinds.

This book has so much potential for book clubs, reading groups, and classroom discussion. A middle grade must have!

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC; all opinions are my own.
2 s Susan 381 10

Having recently finished “Tree. Table. Book.” by Lois Lowry, I am happy to have had the chance for the Advanced Reader’s Edition e-copy; thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins Children's Books, Clarion Books!

Sophia Henry Winslow and Sophie Gershowitz, a friendship of the heart.
Does age matter where true friendship is concerned? Not with these two. What matters are the moments shared and the stories told. The story of… A Tree… A Table… and... a Book.
This is a very important story for any age; and definitely one meant to share with friends.netgalley-reviewed-books2 s Kelly209

So sweet and wholesome. Loved the Sophie’s friendship. 2 s Tracy Peralta5 1 follower

I actually really enjoyed the book but it seems a better fit for an adult than any young person. I don’t think a young person would enjoy it. I did not think the reference to a same sex couple was necessary. However, It was a beautiful weaving together of a person with dementia and remembering the holocaust. 2 s Janine27

Lois Lowry continues to be a master storyteller. 11 year old Sophie's best friend is her neighbor, who shares the name Sophie and also happens to be 88 years old. The characters are beautifully crafted and though the story is sad, covering themes of the Holocaust and dementia, it is also hopeful and uplifting. This book would be a wonderful addition to any upper elementary or middle school classroom library.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.2 s Emma71

Ever since I was a child and read Gathering Blue, I have been a huge fan of Lois Lowry. She has been for many years my favorite author. Leading me to have high hope for this book, as well as a new excitement to see that Lois Lowry was still writing.

However, wven though I still have very high thoughts about Lois Lowry as a writer, this was not what I was expecting from her. Honestly, the book did not seem as if she was the one who wrote it. The writing style was so different from her other books, and was very much unexpected to me. And I believe this book would be better categorized as a short story, rather than a book, as there is no true depth to the story.

Even though it is not what I expected, and I was disappointed that it did not meet my expectations, I felt that the story itself was good and interesting. It just was not what I had been excited for. As mentioned above, this would be a great shorty story, but I would not categorize it as anything else. It was a quick read, and overall a good story.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

For more and discussions, listen to my podcast The Honest Book Reviewers with Nate and Emma.

https://open.spotify.com/show/3H3ugH4...netgalley-2 s Nicole Olexa382 1 follower

Very sweet2 s Tyra Damm179 3

This is a heartbreaking, beautiful book that left me sobbing. Sophie and Sophie are best friends from two different centuries. They teach each another about friendship and loss and hope. I will read it again, and I’m certain I’ll find something new to admire in Lowry’s simple and smart writing.2 s January1,936 88

Tree. Table. Book. by Lois Lowry
150-page Libby Ebook ends on 142

Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Middle Grade

Featuring: 2 Truths and a Lie, Books, 11-year-old MC, Denarian and Octogenarian Besties, Rambling Style, New Hampshire, Neighbors, Dementia, Vocabulary, Progenitors, Polish, Homes, Languages, Friendship

Rating as a movie: PG

Artist for the soundtrack: Frank Sinatra

Books mentioned: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, Sophie's Choice by William Styron, Cook a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten, Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), The Merck Manuals by Merck Sharp & Dohme, Stuart Little by E. B. White, Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary, The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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