Two siblings encounter various trees in all four seasons in Burgess-Gregory’s debut picture book.
In this book, a black girl and boy explore the many trees around them. The boy narrates as they climb shade trees, harvest fruit, and enjoy “majestic” palm trees. In illustrations, the pair is shown running by budding trees in spring, playing hide-and-seek around a huge tree trunk in summer, biking through colorful autumn leaves, and having a snowball fight among bare winter trees. Next, the boy remembers planting a mango seed. After it began to sprout into a tree, his diverse friends decided to plant trees, too. The boy then encourages readers to do so, as well: “Then you too will be / surprised to know / the wonder of watching / majestic trees grow.” Burgess-Gregory introduces challenging vocabulary words (“stately,” “laden,” “fronds”) in a gentle way, making them easy to understand from context. The active, cartoonish full-color illustrations, which are uncredited, show the two siblings in motion, giving the pages a dynamic feel. Although the rhyme scheme is inconsistent and sometimes absent, the lines feel percussive throughout, making them ideal for reading aloud.
A rhythmic, poetic celebration that will encourage budding environmentalists to plant some trees themselves.