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Summary: Listen to the tree as it shares with you all of the things it has seen and experienced ... and the one worry that it has for the future. With simple sentences, this book describes the environment and its threats from a tree's perspective.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: The illustrations captivated our preschooler/Kindergartner. Although s/he sat attentively and liked the story, it isn't want that they've been drawn to enough to read again.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is another fabulous book from Illumination Arts. The illustrations are powerful and richly detailed. The symmetry between the text and illustrations is flawless, with neither overpowering the other.
Pros: Children of all ages will be able to see the world from a tree's perspective. This is an excellent story about the environment and the risks to our forests with thoughtful questions, not a concrete position.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is one of the books about trees that would be nice to have just because of the illustrations. The book makes it easy to talk about the natural cycle of things in a way that preschool and elementary-aged kids can understand.
Educational Themes: The presentation of the book makes it easy to extend into role-playing about the other things a tree can experience ... and to go outside and start looking around. The text also offers kids learning to read a great way to practice sight words and increase their visual vocabulary.