Albert’s Tree – Jenni Desmond

         Albert’s Tree – Jenni Desmond, Candlewick Press, (9780763696887), 2018

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? A sweet little bear named Albert awakens in the spring and heads to his favorite tree.  But something is different about the tree: “Albert’s tree was crying. ‘Waa!’ wailed the tree.” Albert is approached by several forest friends and he tells them: “My tree is crying! How can I cheer it up?”  Rabbit says digging holes to play in cheers him up and Caribou suggest eating grass helps when he is sad. So Albert and Rabbit dig holes around the tree and then Albert and caribou pile grass around the tree.  But the tree continues to cry. Albert decides to hug the tree and ask why it is crying. He learns it is afraid of a “big hairy monster.” Albert reassures the tree that there is no monster around and a tiny little owl pokes out of the tree and screams: “AARH! You’re the monster!”  Albert realizes that the Owl is not the tree and Owl sees that Albert is not a monster. Albert and Owl become the best of friends and now that they share the tree it is twice as perfect as before. The mixed media illustrations are full of lovely and fun details in woodsy hues of greens and browns.  This is a wonderful addition to stories about bears and hibernation as well as a fun new take on the story of Chicken Little.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Add this to story times about friendship, bears and hibernation.

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:  4/12/18        


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