The Climbing Tree
There is nothing Little Brother wants more than to be his Big Brother’s equal. He wants to climb where Big Brother climbs and to pretend as Big Brother does. As soon as Little Brother is older enough to be allowed to travel in his brave brother’s footsteps, Big Brother is already onto the next exciting adventure, beyond Little Brother’s reach once again. With deep sadness in his heart, the younger brother decides he will no longer attempt to join his brother in his climbing escapades. He will let him experience the feeling of being all alone in his endeavors. When Little Brother eventually gathers up the courage to venture out again, he discovers his older sibling on the highest branch of their beloved Climbing Tree, waiting for him to join as his equal.
The Climbing Tree is a sweet and timely tale of sibling rivalry, youth, and acceptance. For those who share this cross-generational story with young children, the innocence that is projected on the pages will likely touch their hearts. Fond memories of endless childhood days scaling bigger-than-life oak trees may sift through their minds. Those young children who are listening to this tale or are reading it themselves will be blessed with a story that resonates and brings forth compassion and awe. They will likely find it relatable and visually alluring, as the illustrator’s work is beautiful. The soft hues and detailed artistry add greatly to the overall quality of this stunning, debut picture book by John Stith.
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