The Wind and the Trees by Todd Stewart. Owlkids, 2021. 9781771474337
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic fiction/picture book
What did you like about the book? A grown pine tree and a young sapling engage in a conversation about how wind shapes a tree. The older tree explains how wind helps the roots grow and scatters seeds, which allows new trees to grow. Their talk is intimate, affectionate and explanatory, subtly allowing the reader to imagine trees’ messages reaching one another under the aegis of the wind. The striking screen-print illustrations depict the same scene throughout, with changing sky colors, weather and seasons. At the end, the old tree has fallen and the younger tree is now the one welcoming a new seedling about to take root.
This is a quiet, lovely book which explains the nature of trees to a young audience, and would work equally well as a jumping off point for learning more, and as a story time read-aloud.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, although I would have liked a page at the end explaining more about trees, and pine trees specifically.
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 3-6, for tree themed story times or nature units.
Who should buy this book? Day care centers, elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture 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: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: August 12, 2021