Children's Chapter Book + Talking Lion/Animals + magic tree/house

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Children's Chapter Book + Talking Lion/Animals + magic tree/house

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nov. 5, 2010, 9:36pm

I read a book mid 90s, an oversized hardcover chapter book with full illustrations. There were four talking animals traveling on an adventure, and I'm pretty sure one of them was a lion. It was a middle level reading book, I'm thinking 3-6 grade reading level.

I think there was a magical tree or tree house involved.

When I try googling this, I find the Mary Pope Osborne series, which is not what I'm looking for.

Does this ring any bells?

Editat: nov. 5, 2010, 11:09pm

Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne? Oh... didn't see the second-last sentence. Hmmmm...

Editat: nov. 5, 2010, 11:22pm

The Magic Tree in Winter by Hannah E Glease? The animals living in and near the magic oak tree settle down for winter. Includes suggested activities such as finding the animals concealed in several drawings. 32 p.

There's also:
The Magic Tree and the Flyaway Birds
The magic tree and the curious badger
The Magic Tree and the Missing Acorn
Tales of the Magic Tree

nov. 6, 2010, 2:47am

Good suggestions, and likely books I should pick up.

To clarify a little more, this was more disney-esque. I'm pretty sure the animals were doing human-like things. For some reason, I picture the lion eating a peppermint or other sticky candy, though I think it might just be something about the artwork I can't forget.

There was a journey element to it, and the artwork was extremely colorful. I want to say water colors, but it was much more detailed than most watercolor illustrations I've seen...

nov. 6, 2010, 8:20pm

I had a thought that maybe it is a DE LUXE edition of a chapter book? But the only ones I've seen in De Luxe editions are Enid Blyton books, like the magic faraway tree series and the enchanted chair. They have gorgeous colour illustrations. I guess it isn't the Narnia series or an Oz book, though both have lions, it doesn't match. Another reason why I thought De Luxe editions was they are large hardcovers (with DJ usually). Example illustrated covers: one and two; is that kind of like the illustrations you were thinking of?

nov. 7, 2010, 1:20am

I never realized there was a name for that. I think they are deluxe editions, the art style is close, but the animals were more realistic looking.

Also, I don't remember humans in the book. If they were there, I think they were minor characters.

Thank you for all of the suggestions!

març 28, 2011, 1:10am

YES!!!! I am looking for the same book. I remember the lion too but there were other animals. And I remembered the peppermint when you mentioned it. There was also blueberries or blueberry pie. I am gonna to do my best to find the book and I will let you know.

Editat: març 28, 2011, 3:53am

Tried another search. Long shot... maybe this?

Augusta & Trab by Christopher De Vinck
Four Winds Press, 1993 - 129 pages
A year after her mother's death, ten-year-old Augusta and her cat, Trab, set out on a fanciful journey that helps Augusta come to terms with her loss.

There's a lion, mention of peppermint, the lion appears to talk...

Amazon link with cover.

From Publishers Weekly
The author's first book for children chronicles the whimsical adventures of Augusta and her talking cat, Trab. When Augusta uses the unusual key she has found to unlock a narrow door set into a peach tree, she and her trusty feline companion enter a magical land. After a series of mildly surreal mishaps, Augusta meets Hildamore, an extraordinary, powerful woman who rules a kingdom of animals. Fantasy intersects with the real world when Augusta's encounter with wise Hildamore allows her to come to terms with her mother's recent death.

From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-Meeting characters similar to those found in Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Dr. Dolittle, a girl and her cat go on a wild trip filled with adventure. Since her mother's death last year, 10-year-old Augusta has felt an emptiness inside her. Her busy father doesn't have enough time for her, so a stray cat she adopted has become her constant companion. He can talk, and is very wise. Both girl and cat have strong wishes-hers is to receive a commission in the Queen's Royal Navy and see the world; his is to live in a jungle and give advice to the animals. When Augusta finds a key that fits a door in a magic peach tree, they enter a realm where their dreams are fulfilled. Augusta learns much about herself, but she still misses her mother. Then, an amazing woman shows her how the pain of loss can be muted by recalling favorite memories. Finally, the girl is ready to go home to her father.

The artwork looks like watercolours, but not as detailed as you had me thinking (I've seen books with pretty detailed watercolour paintings!) This book sounds promising. I hope it is the one!

Editat: març 28, 2011, 6:44am

Touchstone: Augusta and Trab

març 28, 2011, 9:36pm

My mother had a copy in her attic. The book's called The Treasure Tree by John Trent, and was apparently a religious publication, which is why it was hard to find.

Thanks for the suggestions, Bookel & Juniormiss!

març 28, 2011, 9:41pm

That's good you found it!

abr. 1, 2011, 3:16pm

I found it. It is The Treasure Tree by Dr. John Trent.