If I Were a Tree
A child imagines what it would be like to be a tree, with a strong trunk and wide limbs, standing tall and growing. A tree would feel the warm sun, squirrels running, the boots of climbing children, and more. A tree would taste with its roots the soil and sand made up of bones and pebbles and waters and minerals. The child goes on to imagine what a tree might smell, such as honey and the odor of skunk and maybe even rain that is coming, or what it might hear when thunder is booming or owls are near or when the wind blows. This child’s imagination goes on to all the senses and more.
Author Andrea Zimmerman has written a perfectly charming story in lyrical rhyme with a steady rhythm and refrain. It will be a great read-aloud book for little ones who will delight in the imagination shown, freeing them to let their own imaginations run wild. The mixed-media illustrations by Jing Jing Tsong are lovely and unexpected, with rich colors and interesting details to keep little ones’ eyes on the pages while listening. Children will ask for this one over and over. It’s a winner.
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