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Joyce E. Arkhurst

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The confrontation [between the Logan family and the white work crew in Song of the Trees] symbolizes much of the history of Black struggle—economic defenselessness, the Black man's dramatic bravery in the face of white power, a child forced to assume adult responsibility and the children's fears in threatening situations….

[This] story will be enjoyed by young readers.

Joyce E. Arkhurst, "The Bookshelf: 'Song of the Trees'," in Interracial Books for Children Bulletin (reprinted by permission of Interracial Books for Children Bulletin, 1841 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023), Vol. 6, Nos. 3-4, 1975, p. 8.