The Singing Tree

by Kate Seredy

Paperback, 1992



Call number

PB Ser

Call number

PB Ser

Local notes

PB Ser


Scholastic Inc (1992), Edition: First Thus


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.


Original publication date



0590445499 / 9780590445498



User reviews

LibraryThing member Book_Shelter
The Singing Tree, while being a Newbery Honor, I thought started out to be very juvenile. Perhaps a little too young even for the age group intended. However halfway through the book, it suddenly turns into a great resource for WWI European history for kids. I liked how the author pulls us into the story of what Europe was like for many children. Families taking in other children and even housing prisoners of war as workers.All in all I likes the book , but had a verrry slow beginning.… (more)
LibraryThing member desislc
This book, because it is overshadowed by World War I, is possibly even more beautiful than its predecessor. Kate and Jansci are definitely growing up (I originally didn't like this, but the more I read this book, the better it gets!). When WWI begins it at first seems far away from the farm. Then Father volunteers for military service and goes MIA. Meanwhile back at farm, the family takes in several people including six Russian POWs and six very young German refugees. Farm life continues, without Father, but with young Jansci at its head instead. Like "The Good Master" the author illustrations are lovely.… (more)
LibraryThing member Murphy-Jacobs
A companion book to "The Good Master", this second journey into Hungary during wartime has a magic haze around it. I've read it several times and still pull it out to read now.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Oh those proud, good, brave, kind, beautiful Hungarians! I have no idea if the the (softened) history is accurate, but what a different picture of WWI is given here than other accounts I've read. I liked this more than The Good Master because, even though it wasn't as much of a fun story, the info-dumps were helpful and so the story made more sense - the exotic culture didn't seem so mysteriously alien.… (more)
LibraryThing member wunderlong88
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.… (more)


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