Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

This Tree Counts!

This Tree Counts!

Alison Formento
Illustrator:  Sarah Snow 
Picture Book
For ages 7 to 9
Albert Whitman & Company, 2010   ISBN: 978-0807578902

Behind Oak Lane School there is just one solitary oak tree, and one day the students in Mr. Tate’s class decide that the tree needs some “friends.”  Before they start digging holes for the baby trees they have brought, Mr. Tate asks his students to listen to what the tree has to say. “Trees can’t talk,” Jake says, but soon he and his friends learn that trees have a great deal to say.

Once they have heard what the tree has to say, the children begin to talk about all the things that trees do. They clean the air, they give us shade on hot days, and they provide us with wood so that we can build houses, guitars, and all kinds of things.

This simple yet thoughtful picture book looks as the many ways that trees make our world healthier, more beautiful, and richer. With charming multimedia illustrations, this is a title that young nature lovers will greatly appreciate.