Only a Tree Knows How To Be a Tree

Candlewick. Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536214703.
PreS-Gr 1–This bright and colorful picture book touches on many elements in nature and their functions, and it also teaches the concept of self. Only a tree can turn sunshine into food and provide shelter for many animals the way that it does. Only water makes oceans, rivers, clouds, rain, and snow. Only earth spins around giving day and night, sustaining life for billions of animals and people. Only you can be you and only I can be me. Everyone and everything in the natural world are gifts to be treasured for their splendor and uniquenes. The idea that people have many interests and experiences in common while each person is completely unique is introduced in a way that is perfect for the intended audience. Understanding and celebrating similarities and differences are hallmarks of the book, brilliantly conveyed in simple hand-lettered text and cheerful pictures of animals, people, and the environment.
VERDICT A necessary purchase. Uniqueness of thought, personality, interests, and purpose is celebrated in this beautiful book.

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