The Searcher and the Old Tree by David McPhail

Schema: animals that live in trees

This book is a great one for demonstrating symbolism, metaphor, and personification as the tree protects the little raccoon during the storm.  The raccoon never knows the way the tree protected it.   An illustration at the end of the story shows the tree as on the cover with a face.

The story of the tree is a metaphor for adult to child relationships.

This book has a text-to-text connection with The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

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