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In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, a callery pear tree emerged from the rubble. It now stands at ground zero as a symbol of hope.


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Saplings From the 9/11 Survivor Tree Are Headed to Paris, San Bernardino and Orlando

When the dust started to settle at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 bombings, something amazing emerged—a Callery pear tree that, though badly damaged, had survived the fires, collapsing buildings and chaos of the World Trade Center plaza. Now, reports the Agence France-Presse, the legacy of that tree will comfort others who have endured violent attacks when seedlings from the so-called Survivor Tree are planted around the world.

It’s the third time seedlings from the tree have been donated to areas that have been attacked, reports the AFP. This year’s sapling recipients are Paris, France, where at least 130 people were killed by gunmen on November 13, 2015 San Bernardino, California, where 14 people were shot at an office holiday party on December 2, 2015 and Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were gunned down at a gay nightclub on June 12.

The donations are part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum's Survivor Tree Program, which was launched in 2013. Since then, seedlings have been donated to cities that have been through hurricanes, fires, bombings, mudslides and terror attacks.

As Olivia Just reports for the Stamford Advocate, caring for the seedlings is no small task. The tree has now produced over 400 saplings, writes Just, which are stored at a Queens high school and worked on by expert arborists.

The program bears a resemblance to one built around another symbolic tree: the horse chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam. That 170-year-old plus tree eventually fell over in 2010 after suffering from a disease. Luckily, hundreds of saplings were created from the tree and it lives on as a testament to Anne Frank and the other victims of the Holocaust at sites all over the world.

As David W. Dunlap reports for The New York Times, the tree was first spotted among the rubble by Parks Department arborists just after the attack. Though it was not the only tree to survive, it was the only one that was salvaged. The tree was taken from the site as a mere stump and slowly went from charred husk to healthy tree with the help of years of restoration work.

After the tree’s dramatic rescue in 2001, it was cared for by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, who nursed it back to health over the course of nine years as new branches spouted from its once charred stump and snapped roots. In 2015, it was placed in the plaza of the new 9/11 memorial along with a forest of trees specially selected by work crews from as far away as Pennsylvania and Maryland, where the other tragic events of September 11 played out.

“The trees will never be identical, growing at different heights and changing leaves at different times,” writes the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, “a physical reminder that they are living individuals.” A simple tree could never bring back the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks or the tragic events its seedlings commemorate. But the long-lasting living memorials will help others mourn—and memorialize—all that was lost during those fateful events.


Branches of Hope: A Story about the 9/11 Survivor Tree

This is beautiful yet it&aposs so sad remembering the incident.

This storybook gives hope and comfort. But yes, it will always be difficult to read about World Trade Center incident that happened on September 1, 2001.

Thank you, author, the artist and the team for the effort.

Thank you for the advance reading copy. This is beautiful yet it's so sad remembering the incident.

This storybook gives hope and comfort. But yes, it will always be difficult to read about World Trade Center incident that happened on September 1, 2001.

Thank you, author, the artist and the team for the effort.

Thank you for the advance reading copy. . more

Branches of Hope by Ann Magee tells the story of the 9/11 survivor tree, a tree that was found at Ground Zero following the events of 9/11, and replanted at the Memorial site in 2011. Many young readers will not be familiar with the story behind the resilient tree, and this beautiful story serves as a tribute to those lost, and to a city that continues to thrive twenty years after the tragic event. This is a book that will be shared by family members, both young and old, for years to come.

Many t Branches of Hope by Ann Magee tells the story of the 9/11 survivor tree, a tree that was found at Ground Zero following the events of 9/11, and replanted at the Memorial site in 2011. Many young readers will not be familiar with the story behind the resilient tree, and this beautiful story serves as a tribute to those lost, and to a city that continues to thrive twenty years after the tragic event. This is a book that will be shared by family members, both young and old, for years to come.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for an ARC. . more

Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 18th May 2021

I really enjoyed this book, it was a beautiful, yet sad story, but also one of hope to me.

The book was easy to read and follow and it was a lovely story and a great way to remember the poignant events of 9/11.


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Despite Hurricane Irene, 9/11 survivor tree emerges unscathed

Mario Tama/Getty Images Workers look on at a ceremonial planting of the so-called "Survivor Tree" at the 9/11 memorial area of the World Trade Center site Dec. 22, 2010 in New York City. The callery pear tree was originally planted in the 1970s at the World Trade Center site and sustained extensive damage but lived through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as Hurricane Irene this weekend.

NEW YORK — The 9/11 survivor tree has once again lived up to its name.

Despite the high winds and rain from Hurricane Irene, officials say the tree — and the rest of the World Trade Center site — emerged unscathed, and ceremonies for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will go as planned.

Only minimal flooding was reported at the 16-acre site, in the basement of 1 World Trade Center, and even that was alleviated before work resumed today putting the finishing touches on the Memorial Plaza, where victims’ families, President Obama and others will gather in less than two weeks.

“After all we have been through, there was no way we were going to let a hurricane get in the way of opening this Memorial on 9/11,” the agency’s executive director, Christopher Ward, said in a statement. “We remain fully on track for the opening and progress continues on every inch of the World Trade Center site.”

The survivor tree, as it came to be known, is a pear tree planted on the site decades ago. After the attack, the tree was unearthed amid the rubble, charred, stripped of its limbs, but still alive.

The tree was then removed from the site and nursed back to health at nursery in the Bronx, where it was even uprooted and blown over by a storm in March 2010, but again survived. In December it was restored to Ground Zero, where it remained standing after the storm, despite gusts of over 60 miles per hour.

“The Memorial has weathered tropical storm Irene, and it remains as strong as the hundreds of men and women dedicated to building it,” 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said in a statement. “And true to its name, the Survivor Tree is standing tall at the Memorial.”

Apart from the survivor tree, not a single one of the newly planted white swamp oak trees on the Memorial Plaza was damaged by the storm, the agency reported. Likewise, the Port Authority said, the reflecting pools within the footprints of the felled towers were undamaged, as were the hundreds of panes of glass in One World Trade Center and in the Memorial Visitor’s Center.

The bistate agency attributed the minimal damage to preparations for the storm and to the quality and strength of the construction at site. The Port Authority said staffers remained on the 16-acre site throughout the storm, continually checking for damage and protecting flood prone areas with sand bags and concrete barriers.


One reddit post (the account has since been deleted), detailed the story of someone who worked just a few blocks from the World Trade Center. The employee arrived at work and was consumed by chaos. 

Transportation was shut down, so he got on a bike he found in the rubble, and biked 10 miles home. 

"Traveling by bike is a very different way to see the world. As I got further away from the burning rubble, through the triages with no patients, the city began to become more and more normal."


The 9/11 Survivor Tree - HISTORY

&ldquoBranches of Hope is a tribute to resilience and hope, a gentle way to talk with our youngest readers about the memory of 9/11.&rdquo
&mdashKate Messner, author of The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs

&ldquoPoetic and meditative, this true-life fable about a tree that survived 9/11 commemorates the attack while evoking a resilient spirit and the healing power of nature. Ann Magee&rsquos spare and lyrical text and Nicole Wong&rsquos soft-edged art afford ample space for young readers to reflect, to hope and to envision a future where peace takes root.&rdquo
&mdashCarole Boston Weatherford, author of Newbery Honor book BOX

The branches of the 9/11 Survivor Tree poked through the rubble at Ground Zero. They were glimpses of hope in the weeks after September 11, 2001.

Remember and honor the events of 9/11 and celebrate how hope appears in the midst of hardship. The Survivor Tree found at Ground Zero was rescued, rehabilitated, and then replanted at the 9/11 Memorial site in 2011. This is its story.

In this moving tribute to a city and its people, a wordless story of a young child accompanies the tree's history. As the tree heals, the girl grows into an adult, and by the 20th anniversary of 9/11, she has become a firefighter like her first-responder uncle. A life-affirming introduction to how 9/11 affected the United States and how we recovered together.

Praise For Branches of Hope: The 9/11 Survivor Tree&hellip

&diams Text and pictures attest to the resilience of New Yorkers and a remarkable tree following 9/11.
A pear tree is discovered&mdashscarred, burned, and buried&mdashunder mounds of rubble after the collapse of the Twin Towers and replanted in a nursery in the Bronx, where it eventually regrows and thrives. This deeply touching book equates the tree&rsquos extraordinary renaissance with New Yorkers&rsquo reawakened strength, spirit, and hope in the aftermath of the tragedy. One particular family&mdashportrayed as an interracial couple (mom presents Black and dad, White) and their very young child&mdashstand in for all New York&rsquos and, indeed, America&rsquos citizens and are depicted in opening scenes innocently enjoying daily life. Everything changes after they watch in bewildered horror as the awful events unfold on TV. Illustrations very ably accompany the simple, solemn text, using both double-page spreads and paneled insets they highlight and interconnect the passing of time for tree and humans. The &ldquoSurvivor Tree&rdquo is reborn, ultimately returned to its original site and replanted first responders at ground zero work diligently the child grows and gains a baby sibling ordinary activities continue seasons change and a 9/11 memorial is built. At book&rsquos end, the child has grown to adulthood and become a New York City firefighter. Several somber-colored illustrations capture the disaster, but the artwork doesn&rsquot dwell on devastation, instead focusing on bright, uplifting images of hope and recovery. An author&rsquos note and information about the tree conclude the book.
Moving and poignant, a tender tribute in this 20th-anniversary commemoration of 9/11.
&mdashKirkus Reviews, starred review

&ldquoSeason after season, the tree grew./ Each spring arrived with warm whispers and healing rain.&rdquo Commemorating 9/11 two decades after its occurrence, debut author Magee&rsquos free verse narrative focuses on a city&rsquos endurance as symbolized by New York City&rsquos Survivor Tree, a Callery pear in the World Trade Center Plaza that survived the buildings&rsquo collapse. Alongside the visual story of the attacks and their aftermath, Wong&rsquos detailed digital illustrations present the wordless tale of a child, a toddler during the attacks, growing up and becoming a first responder. In a scrapbook-style layout, snapshots of the brown-skinned, biracial child&rsquos family life appear alongside full-bleed illustrations of the tree&rsquos recovery, new growth, and replanting at ground zero a decade later. The combination of picture and verse effectively delivers the message that comfort can be found in remembrance and the continuity of life. Back matter includes contextualizing information about the Survivor Tree, an author&rsquos note, and a selected bibliography.
&mdashPublishers Weekly


A young girl, who is biracial, and her family experience the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in New York City, with the special lens of having a family member who is in the New York City Fire Department. Through juxtaposed wordless illustrated scenes and illustrations with text, readers experience the tragedy of the day, the aftermath, and the healing of the city and those who bravely came to the rescue. Also featured is a tree, a Callery pear tree that survived the destruction of the World Trade Center. The tree was excavated from the rubble and years later replanted near the South Pool at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Digital illustrations do not shy away from the destruction and tragedy of 9/11 but the focus on the helpers and the passage of time allow for hope to form the central essence of the book. Connections to the Survivor Tree in Oklahoma City (as detailed in Chris Barton&rsquos All of a Sudden and Forever) speak to the resilience of nature and humankind in the face of tragedy. Back matter includes information regarding the Survivor Tree Seedling Program. VERDICT Highly recommended for a generation of elementary students looking for a hopeful entry point to a hard moment in American history.

&mdashSchool Library Journal


This memoir-like story, told in spare, careful sentences that recall helping actions around 9/11, portrays the day and subsequent years by following the growth of a little girl and of a tree that survived the attack. The 9/11 Survivor Tree was found at Ground Zero and moved to a nursery, a move that, like some other events in the book, is shown only in the art, thoughtfully leaving adults to fill in children&rsquos questions with the level of detail a child can handle. Seasons change, the years pass, and the tree eventually returns as part of the 9/11 memorial. Paralleling that story is that of the little girl, part of an FDNY family, who lives near the World Trade Center with her Black mom and white dad. Gentle text and bright, detailed images with lots of trees and plants show the best parts of life after tragedy. An afterword gives more advanced details on 9/11 and on the 9/11 Survivor Tree Seedling Program, which shares hope with cities that have experienced tragedy. A great addition to public and school library shelves.
&mdashBooklist

Charlesbridge, 9781623541323, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 18, 2021

About the Author

Debut author Ann Magee has been a Jersey girl all her life. A former elementary-school teacher, she loves teaching reading and writing. She lives with her husband and three children--her favorite people--in New Jersey.