Book Review: Little Tree
Little Tree, written and illustrated by Loren Long
Published in October 2015, this book is a gentle reminder that parents need to embrace and nurture their children's growing independence.
Themes: Embracing Change, Cycle of Life
Story: I recently returned to work while my daughter began her first adventures in childcare. It has been a tough transition to part ways with her after seven months of morning snuggles, afternoon dance parties and glorious hours of reading . As if on cue, my husband gave me Little Tree as one of my birthday gifts last week. The first time I read the book to Moriko I felt consoled. This harrowing story about a sapling learning how to let his leaves go and embrace change reminded me of my role as a parent. Rather than hold my daughter close and never let her go, I need to shepherd her through life, celebrating her growth and independence.
Favorite Quote: "...the mourning dove sang so far away that he could hardly hear her flutey song."
Illustrations: Loren Long's simple illustrations are composed of a stand of trees that grow up as the years pass. They are joined by a cast of woodland characters that move the story along with their inquisitive questions. Color is used sparingly to denote the changing seasons--the gray of winter is followed by the green rebirth of spring.
Nuts and Bolts: It takes me about six minutes to read this book to my daughter. There are 40 pages total with an average of two-three sentences per page. The targeted age range is 5-8 years old.