Read Tanglewood by Margaret Wild Vivienne Goodman Online


Tanglewood lives on an island far away, visited only by the wind. One day a bird shelters from the storm among its branches and a precious bond is formed. But Seagull belongs to the sky and, too soon, must leave. Will she ever return?...

Title : Tanglewood
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ISBN : 9781862915701
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Tanglewood Reviews

  • Katrina Germein
    2019-03-04 08:28

    I first heard of Tanglewood in an email from a friend. She mentioned a strange new release about a tree wanting to commit suicide. I thought it sounded completely awful. I thought I hated it already. I now know I love Tanglewood but there are things about it I don’t even like. Usually, I only lOVE a book when every tiny part feels perfectly right.Tanglewood (the tree character in Tanglewood) is physically restrained from being able to reach others. It watches, powerless, as seals, birds and dolphins cavort nearby. Tanglewood’s tale of isolation and loneliness is deeply moving. There is, of course, a moment of hope that gives Tanglewood something to hold on to so that it’s able to endure the loneliness until help returns.The book is beautifully designed and the illustrations are exquisite. Goodman’s landscapes ground the book with realism, yet are also charged with emotion. The illustrations are detailed and sweeping, like a real coastline I guess. It would take an artist to truly describe Goodman’s talent. The artwork encourages readers to explore the strong theme of nature and the environment. Others considering Tanglewood might praise the theme of family but it’s the lines about family that don’t really work for me. The story speaks to me of relationships, friendship and reaching out to others but the idea of family feels underdeveloped, imposed. Nevertheless, this book stands among my favourites for the powerful way it details sadness, hope and connection. I love this book.Read my longer review piece here:

  • Julia
    2019-03-22 11:31

    How can you not be caught up in this story? Tanglewood appealed right from seeing the cover,a beautiful woody font chosen for the title, a lush photographic layout of drawings amidst a roiling sea, and a poignant story of loneliness, resilience and connection.Vivienne Goodman uses a wide and contrasting palette - of detail and panorama, drama and stillness, and mixes of the two to create and control the story. Can't wait to see how the Grade 4's respond to it...

  • Emma
    2019-03-01 07:47

    I cried when I first read this to one of my 4 year olds

  • Stef Rozitis
    2019-03-21 04:38

    A beautiful story of the importance of emotional connections (family) and of the way friends leave a lasting legacy in each other's lives. This is shown through the story of "Tanglewood", a tree who is ungendered (rare to have an ungendered protagonist.Tanglewood is lonely but noone responds to it until a fleeting encounter that ends up having transformative consequences. There is a lot to talk about in the pictures as well as the story itself having emotional depth. Children seem to take a few reads to "get" this one, but if you don't let them dismiss it immediately can slowly come into its slower pace and less obvious movement.

  • Ashley D--
    2019-03-08 04:36

    Some of my colleagues found this story boring, but I liked it. The illustrations are realistic enough to stare at for a while (particularly the page with the seagull in different poses). The story is really stark and gets pretty dark (the tree wants to stop living at one point), but I liked how calm and thoughtful it was. I read it to some classes that came to the library for book week. They liked being read to, but only a few said they really liked the book. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but it did appeal to some of the quiet types.

  • Kate
    2019-03-22 11:30

    Margaret Wild does it again! A beautifully illustrated and compassionately told story about family and loneliness. This book will be on the CBC shortlist next year, for sure. Fall in love with Tanglewood.

  • Michael Earp
    2019-03-01 09:56

  • Dimity Powell
    2019-03-18 03:55

    Very clever and evocative. The illustrations are spellbinding.

  • Lynley
    2019-03-16 10:47

    A tree on an island is lonely, until a seagull drops a new seedling onto the island. The feeling of extreme loneliness is evoked very effectively and the end is sweet.

  • Kara
    2019-03-15 10:45

    What an absolutely beautiful picture book. I love this story.

  • Chele
    2019-03-11 04:38

    Margaret Wild is never less than wonderful!

  • Julie
    2019-03-09 07:51

    A beautiful, quiet, profound book about loneliness and friendship.

  • Chantal
    2019-03-20 10:35

    Beautiful illustrations and a touching story about loniless, friendship and family.