Originally published in: 2017
What it’s about: The neighborhood oak and all the stories she has witnessed and watched over in her 200 plus years.
What made me pick it up: I’d seen it recommended on Twitter.
My favorite parts: I love that it’s from the point of view of a tree. This is such a sweet story of friendship and community and how things so simple, like friendship and acceptance, are so difficult for humans to attain sometimes. It also has a wonderful theme of environmental conservation and protection. Not only is the tree character great, but there is a whole menagerie of wild animals to meet as well including one very precocious crow. I also enjoyed that this book is fairly short and quick, being middle grade. An excellent reminder to all ages to build bridges and foster appreciation.
Who it’s great for: Middle grade readers on up, especially fans of The Giving Tree.