The Tree: A Fable – Neal Layton

51oddjb217l            The Tree: A Fable – Neal Layton, Candlewick Press, (9780763689520), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This environmental tale packs a powerful lesson with a minimum of words.  Beautiful pen and wash illustrations bring the story to life. “A tree, a birds’ nest, a squirrels’ home, an owls’ hollow, and a rabbits’ burrow.”  The fir-tree is a home to many animals, but all that is threatened when a For Sale sign shows up and a couple arrive with plans to build a house.  When the man and woman begin to saw the tree down, the birds’ nest falls to the ground.  The couple get back to work, changing their blueprints to add improvements to the animals’ homes while building themselves a tree house.  This a charming story to introduce the youngest readers to the idea of environmentalism.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a nice story for Earth Day or story times about the environment.  Hand it to readers who love The Lorax by Doctor Seuss.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 3/4/17             

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