Two children build a treehouse and a friendship together in this nearly wordless story.
A moving truck arrives and with it an industrious young boy who avidly reads by the backyard tree. Across several double-page spreads the neighbor girl covertly watches as he removes fence planks and builds a ladder up the tree with them. Cautiously she offers help, and with its acceptance, their world begins to change. Autumnal colors punctuate the once-monochromatic, gray palette as the two plan and create up in the tree’s canopy. With the project near completion, a warm yellow glow envelops the laughing, chatting children, indicating the passage of time and the deepening of friendship. Miyares creates a distinctive style with his watercolor on paper. Very little if any apparent digital manipulation gives the artwork a handmade feel, well-suited to a tale about a lovingly handcrafted project. In the evening, the pale-complexioned children return to their respective homes, but as they wave from their windows to each other with their treehouse in between, it’s clear more adventures and fun of their own making are to come.
A timeless tale about backyard fun and friendship. (Picture book. 4-8)