Author: Johnny Knew
# Of Pages: 23
Publisher: Cutie Pie Publishing
Publication Date: June 30, 2011
Source: Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review!
Level: Children’s (Recommended ages 4-8)
Rating: 4 Hearts
The tree with no branches may be different than all the other trees in the forest but it has some unique qualities and a very special purpose. Brilliantly crafted by author Johnny Knew and wonderfully illustrated by K. Von Ward, nature-loving children learn about the joy in accepting others different than themselves and that standing up to a bully is the right thing to do.
This was a great story for kids about accepting who you are, believing in yourself, and standing tall in the midst of adversity. The Tree With No Branches, is about a little tree who gets made fun of by all the other trees in the forest for not having any branches. While all the other trees are focused on what’s on the outside and growing their leaves and branches, the tree with no branches is busy growing what really matters… his roots.
The story is told in a rhyming pattern, which I used to love as a child (still do!)
Here’s a sneak peek:
“And each of the trees that grew on that tree ranch
made fun of the one that had less than one branch!
It had zero.
Not one single limb.
Its outlook looked bleak and its future seemed dim.”
Not only, was this a great story that teaches children the important lesson that it’s what’s on the inside that matters, but the illustrations were also extremely eye catching! All of the pictures are bold, colorful, energetic, and striking.