Mum, Me, and the Mulberry Tree by Tanya Rosie, illustrated by Chuck Groenink

Mum, Me, and the Mulberry Tree by Tanya Rosie, illustrated by Chuck Groenink, Candlewick Press, 2022. 9781536220353 

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

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? Rhyming text tells the story of a young child and her mother as they set out very early to catch a bus that will take them to the countryside to find their mulberry tree. Here they pick berry after berry.  They seek shelter under the mulberry tree as rain settles on their picnic lunch.  After the rain, they pick more.  They ride the bus home as the sun sets.  And at home they make a mulberry pie. After enjoying slices of the delectable treat, it is time for bed.  Time to dream about picking mulberries next year.  This simple, lovely little story, set in a rural English village, is illustrated in mixed media that looks softly like watercolor.  Each picture is worthy of being framed.  Mum and daughter are white.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would make a nice bedtime story for its quiet simplicity ending with sleep.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day-care centers

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  September 28, 2022

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