The View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis RobertsI had read this before. Well, really, listened to it as my 6th grade teacher read it out-loud. I remember I liked it, but Im more impressed now by how well written this book is. Basically, Robbie is an 11-year-old kid who accidentally sees his cranky next-door neighbor pushed out the window, murdered. It is the day before his sisters wedding, so no one has time to listen to him. I am impressed by how everything is so believable and realistic. Nothing sounds contrived, even the reasons everyone has for not listening to Robbie. The murder is described as I would think an 11-year-old boy would see it. And there is humor and family and a cat with a strong character of his own. My very favorite part is the prank Robbie tries to pull on his neighbor near the beginning of the book. Read it, and enjoy.
Willo Davis Roberts
Mayhem, mystery and…murder! Most of his help seems to involve staying out of the way, not making any noise, and being ignored by everyone. Including the house of Mrs. Calloway, the cranky old lady next door. When Rob was young, he believed the stories about how she caught children and ate them, just like the witch in Hansel and Gretel.
Back to: Ruskin Bond Short Stories summary. It has narration in the third person. The plant is in the corner of the garden protected from wind and snow. Meanwhile, the seed continues to grow. Winter passes and spring arrives. One day, Rakesh is observing the bird when he suddenly notices the plant which has grown into a twig with one or two leaves.