Oliver’s Tree by Kit Chase


         Oliver’s Tree by Kit Chase, Penguin Random House/ G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399546488, 2017

Format: Board book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book: Lulu, a bird, Oliver, an elephant, and Charlie, a rabbit are three friends who spend lots of time in the forest playing. One of the games they like to play most is Hide and Seek. Unfortunately for Oliver, he can’t climb trees to either hide or look for his friends. When they realize Oliver isn’t happy, Lulu and Charlie set out to help him find a tree that he can climb. As nature has it, elephants can’t really climb trees and they soon find this out. They come up with another solution that show just how strong their friendship is.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book, especially the illustrations. Very young children will be able to understand Oliver’s dilemma of being left out because of a difference.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 2-4 will enjoy this book. It’s also a great book to read to a pre-school class to talk about differences in children and how to accommodate playmates who can’t physically play the same games.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school guidance counselors and kindergarten teachers

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: March 8, 2017

 

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