Inspired after teacher Miss Landers reads a poem to his class about trees, Beaver worries about the tree that Ward planted for him on his birthday in the old neighborhood and decides to bring it to the Cleaver's new yard.



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Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)


Miss Landers gets the class to memorize the poem "The Heart of the Tree" by H.C. Brunner. It is obvious to her by the way they recite the poem that the children do not understand the meaning and the beauty of the poem. After Miss Landers reads the poem aloud, Beaver, now understanding its meaning, remembers back to a tree that Ward once gave him for his birthday, a tree that is growing in the yard at their old house. Beaver wants to get his tree back, as he sees it as being his. With Larry's help, he goes and digs up the tree without telling his parents or Mr. Benner, who now owns their old house. What will Ward, June and Mr. Benner do once they find out what Beaver has done? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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21 November 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The poem recited by Beaver's class in this episode is "The Heart of the Tree" by Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855-1896). See more »


When Wally and Beaver are standing in the kitchen door talking with their parents, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen passing over the door jamb. See more »

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An Episode Tree Lovers Would Love!
15 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You may not be classified a "tree hugger," but if you have any affinity for trees, you might become one after this episode.....or at least appreciate a good poem about trees.

When "Miss Landers" has the class recite a poetry about trees (comical bits ensue by Whitey, Judy and then Larry), it gets Beaver to thinking. He got a tree as a birthday present before he moved into his new house. Now, he wants to go back as get his tree because it belongs to him. At least that's the message he got confirmed by his mother when Beavers uses an analogy about "having a million dollars" and who it belongs to if even the banks move.

Thus, this also turns out to be a familiar storyline of Beaver literally and innocently believing something his mom or dad said, but neither part knowing exactly what's going on. These type of stories make you think and would make parents with young kids think even harder.

This is a good episode all around because it made you think it was another good representation of everyone involved. In other words, Beaver does what he normally does, same for his parents, and his classmates. Everyone is their self, and usually a good moral or lesson develops.

This one makes me want to go out and plant a tree!

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