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Everything You Need for a Treehouse

Everything You Need for a Treehouse

Carter Higgins
Illustrator:  Emily Hughes 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Chronicle Books, 2018   ISBN: 978-1452142555

Many children, and not a few adults, dream of having a treehouse of their own. The first thing you need to do before you build a treehouse is to take the time to imagine what your treehouse will look like, and to find which tree will suit you best. Perhaps your tree will stand on its own, or perhaps it will be just one of many trees in a grove or wood.

Then you will need blueprints and tools, wood and hardware. Ladders will also be necessary, at least in the beginning. Make sure that your treehouse has a swing to swing on or a rope to climb or slide down. You will also need a bookshelf because books and treehouses go together like tea and biscuits. Talking of tea and biscuits, you should also have a stash of snacks as well.

Since you are going to sleep in your treehouse on occasion you should have a good warm sleeping bag to use, and a flashlight. A pile of pillows might be a “good idea” too.

Up above the ground you will be snug and safe with your best friends, and there you will share “secrets,” “whispers,” and other wonderful things.

There is no doubt that treehouses are magical places, and in this book the author and illustrator beautifully capture that magic with a lyrical text and gorgeous illustrations. Readers of all ages will heartily wish that they could dive into the pages to explore the glorious arboreal creations that appear in front of them.