THE THINGS THAT I LOVE ABOUT TREES by Chris Butterworth

THE THINGS THAT I LOVE ABOUT TREES

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Age Range: 4 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A child celebrates what they love about trees from spring through winter.

In the spring, “the thing about trees that I love…is that changes begin.” In summer, they “are shady and so full of leaves that when the wind blows, they swish like the sea.” This upbeat, child-centered narrative is supplemented by brief, factual statements set in a smaller type. As the child looks at the blossoms on a plum tree, for instance, the small print informs readers that “bees visit the blossoms to collect nectar. Some pollen from each flower brushes onto a visiting bee, which carries it to the next flower.” Voake’s trees are simply glorious, rendered in her signature style of bold, black ink lines and splashy watercolor. They feel alive, from smooth-barked beeches to massive oaks. However, while their leaves are identified on the attractive endpapers, it will be up to caregivers to guess at most of the types depicted in the story. The narrator is a child with light brown skin (not consistent in hue) and straight, black hair who appears to live in an apartment building. The relationship of this substantial growth of varied trees to that building is unclear, especially as the child and their friends seem to have easy, unmediated access to it: Is it a nearby city park? Is the apartment building in a wooded area?

Lovely but incomplete, both in information provided and in narrative. (index, note) (Informational picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 13th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9569-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018




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