Learning Tree

Learning Tree

by Gordon Parks

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"A fine novel."
Photographer, writer, and composer, Gordon Parks has written a moving, true-to-life novel of growing up as a black man in this country in this century. Hailed by critics and readers alike, THE LEARNING TREE tells the extraordinary journey of a family as they struggle to understand the world around them and leave their mark a world that is better for their having been in it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449215043
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/1987
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 327,170
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.79(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography, including The Learning Tree and A Choice of Weapons. He received a plethora of honorary degrees and awards, including the National Medal of Arts. He was also a film director and composer, and wrote the music and libretto for Martin, a ballet honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Learning Tree 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Learning Tree is a really good book. It's not one of those boring stories about history. It grabs your attention, and makes you want to keep turning the pages. I recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest novels I have ever read. Gordon Parks masterfully tells the tale of a young man's jouney through adolescence during a racially turbulent period of Kansas history. It is a beautifully written story that is sure to enrich the reader long after the last page has been turned. I can not recommend this book highly enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really recommend this novel to those young students who like to read of what is was like in this kind of world when slavery was barely starting to be gone and when the freedom was coming in to this world. This is a good book because you'll want to keep on reading and wonder what's going to happen in the next chapter. I'm in ninth grade and I was on my Christmas break and I had nothing else to do so I read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first chapter, you will engage in this book. It is full of action, and you will not wait to read the next chapter.
rowfy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks is a story about being a black kid in the south long before the days of Civil Rights. It's funny in places and very sad in others. If you want to know how lucky you are today, read this book.
jdecastro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I grew up in southeast Kansas so this book was particularly interesting to me. It holds some of the best geographical descriptions of the southeastern part of the state. Though racially not accepted as a child, Fort Scott has now embraced the author as a favorite son. He is now buried in the place he always called home.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a 9th grader in Junior High when I read this book in my English class. That was many years ago (like in 1985). I still remember this story to this day. I have recommended the story to a friend of mine whom teaches English in Senior High. At this moment I am teaching Elementary students and I am hoping to become an English Teacher in Senior High. Once I get to that goal I will have my class read The Learning Tree. The kids of today need to see what it was like back in the day. The Learning Tree shows you what happened back in its time. Out of all the books that I had to read in school I can not remember any one of the others only The Learning Tree. Newt was taught how to deal with situation in his life that other kids never had to face or would not face. I thank my 9th grade English teacher for introducing this story to me (Mr. Zapogasta).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot say I really disliked this novel, but I could never say I liked it. I found Newt Winger's life to feel contrived, personally I could not picture a lot of what happened as reality. The author does do a good job portraying the hardships and prevailing challenges of a community that is moving towards intergration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book this year over summer vacation. I finished it about a week or two ago and I thought it was wonderful! This book helped me understand more that happened in history. It was amazing to see what teenagers went through then and some still occurs now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent!I'm reading it for class.I'm up to the 9th chapter and I already have tears in my eyes!It's a wonderful reading experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes a focus on life and what it means to different people. It is a story about a black family's struggle in a small southern town just trying to live out each day as it comes by. As the story develops, you get to know each character and what they bring to the plot. There are a lot of characters, but each one serves their purpose and helps the story go on and develop. You can easily put yourself in the place of each character and know what each one is feeling. Gordon Parks(the author) does a great job of introducing each character. He also does a wonderful job of showing each character's faults and greatness. This story tells the struggle of everyday life. I give this book five stars because it is well written and I think everyone can take something useful from it and also learn from it. This book will bring out your thoughts and make you think about what life means to you. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rules, especially the first chapter, when Newt does Big Mabel. Read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i hated it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I only read this book bacause I had to for school. I found it rather boring and very hard to get into. If you really have to read the book, I suggest you read rather than the movie; the movie is just is bad. I'm not suggesting this is a bad book at all, but this maybe just a bad book for me. Read at your own risk!