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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Little Tree

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Earth Day is approaching, and I ran across this lovely little picture book just waiting for me to review it!  Read my thoughts and see if it's a good fit for you and your kiddo...


The Little Tree
by Muon Van
illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi
published by Creston Books


The Blurb

The Little Tree's world is changing and she is worried at what it will ultimately look like for her little seed.  She investigates and does the best thing she can:  she lets go.


My Two Cents

This book is lovely. On the surface it is the story of a life cycle and a changing environment, but the heart of the story is that of a brave mother doing what is best for her offspring.  It is hope-filled and heartbreaking.  

The illustrations are a cross between primitive and playful which make them enjoyable for old and young alike.  The words made you hold your breath in anticipation and now I am anxious to read Muon Van's debut book, In a Village by the Sea, also from Creston Books.



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Perhaps what most cemented my love for this book is the true story that inspired it.  In the Author's Note, the reader meets the author's brave mother, one of the "boat people" exiles who fled Vietnam after the war.  She is both the little tree and the little seed.  With that knowledge, the tenderness in this story makes you love it all the more.