Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

Tree, Spare that Woodman

Cover image for


Author: Dave Dryfoos
Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,902 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.8
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 929
Added to site: 2009.08.25 25094

The single thing to fear was fear—ghastly, walking fear!

Show Excerpt


"I'll make him wait!"

Stoutly your pot-bellied little protector prevents his protective mother from going to pot.

"If he won't play, I'll use my ray gun on him!"

Obviously, the tree won't play. Watch your son lift empty hands, arm himself with a weapon yet to be invented, and open fire on the advancing foe.


So that's how a ray gun sounds!

"You're dead, tree! You're dead! Now you can't play with me any more. You're dead!"

* * * * *

Seeing it happen, then, watching the tree accept the little boy's fantasy as fact, Naomi wondered why she'd never thought of that herself.

So the tree was a treacherous medicine-man, was it? A true-believing witch-doctor? And who could be more susceptible to the poisoning of fear than a witch-doctor who has made fear work--and believes it's being used against him?

It was all over. She and the tree bit the dust together. But the tree was dead, and Naomi merely fainti

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Dai Alanye

Good writing but comes only to an intermediate conclusion, and no one to empathize with. Too bad, Dave.

Sardo Weems

The colonists eventually discovered that the trees not only travelled, but that they were telepathic and had low-level intelligence. The problem was that they competed for the same water, nutrients, and sunlight as the colonists' crops.

The mother and boy are good characters and the growing menace of the trees is well done. Short, but a good story.



Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

login | register

User ID


reset password

Author of the Day

Michael Maxwell
When Micheal Maxwell isn't travelling the world with his wife, you are most likely to find him somewhere between Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. If you do, and you have a chat with this interesting man, take care - you might just end up in a scene of one of his books! Maxwell loves writing character-driven mysteries about everyday people, books with heart that readers can relate to. In this interview, Maxwell reveals how Diamonds and Cole was inspired by a song, how he created Cole Sage and talks about his writing habits.
Read full interview...