Treemendous: Diary of a Not Yet Mighty Oak – by Bridget Heos/illustrated by Mike Ciccotello

Treemendous: Diary of a Not Yet Mighty Oak – by Bridget Heos/illustrated by Mike Ciccotello, Crown Books for Young Readers, 9780525579366, 2021

Format: Hardcover

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

What did you like about the book? This is a great nonfiction book about the life of a tree. It starts out a tiny acorn and grows year after year (time passes quickly in this book out of necessity).  Children can learn the parts of the tree with great illustrations and diagrams to help along the way. In the end is a summary of the life cycle of the tree as well. The first person narrative along with the great artwork (especially the facial expressions on the main character/tree), make the story very cute!  My kids loved the growing little tree!

Anything you did not like about the book? My kids didn’t like that there was a picture in the life cycle of the tree that showed that eventually the tree will die out (in about 300-400 years). But that is a part of life, so I think it’s important that it’s in there. It was discrete and certainly tasteful, I feel it’s inclusion is necessary (even if my kids don’t like it), that’s life.

 To whom would you recommend this book? children ages 2-8

Who should buy this book? anyone looking to foster an appreciation for nature (or education about nature). I feel this would be especially good for any child who might have trouble getting interested in non fiction because it’s so cute and imaginatively written and drawn.

Where would you shelve it? jNonFiciton, or certainly a nature display (spring is great for that!)

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes! It’s very cute and educational!

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Vicky Deneault, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review4/2/21

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