The symbol of a tree is the foundation for this imaginative and poetic book that explores our relationship to nature. A Black child considers how the "tree" in her provides fruits for the pies she loves, a peaceful resting spot in the shade, a climbing nook to view birds, squirrels, and bees, and a chance to experience wind, rain, and sky. Her tree's strength will sustain a tire swing, while its deep roots help support its trunk and branches. This perceptive child can see a similar connectedness in herself, her mother, and others. Soft illustrations in gouache, pencil, and ink produce an impressionistic rendering of the aspects and beauty of nature's creation. Majestic trees, brilliant neon-pink flowers, roseate skies, and happy children reaching upward toward the sun add to the joy that springs out of each page. The large trim size works well for reading aloud and will inspire children to share their own ideas of how related they feel to nature and each other. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Luyken imagines that in every human, there grows a tree: "The tree in me/ is seed and blossom/ bark and stump." An inclusive group of kids romps through the pages as she elaborates in lyrical verse. One child climbs the lowest branch of a tree; two more perch in its branches as another, below, reaches for an apple. Humans contain shade, sun, and even delicious flavors, the text posits, "part apple,/ part orange-pear-almond-plum,/ part yummm!" In the spreads, a vibrant rose pink, the gold of light, and a shadowy black predominate, focusing on passion and inner truth rather than examining trees themselves. Layers of scumbled paint suggest a reality that can't be entirely seen or grasped, but movement and energy pour through the spreads as the children play, run, and embrace the very air in this celebration of the way the force of nature courses through every living being. Ages 4–8. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.
A compassionate portrait of the strength in all of us and the nourishment that we receive from the natural world blends poetic text with high-detail artwork to illustrate the intricate ways that all human beings are resilient, creative and connected to each other. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Through text and illustrations of children reveling in nature, explores the various ways we as human beings are strong, creative, and connected to others.Review by Publisher Summary 3
A stunning and sensitive portrait of the strength within each of us and the nourishment we receive from the natural world, by the New York Times bestselling creator of the acclaimed My Heart and The Book of MistakesThrough poetic text and exquisite illustrations of children reveling in nature, this picture book explores the various ways we as human beings are strong, creative, and connected to others. Each of us is like a tree, with roots and fruit, and an enduring link to everything else in nature. "The tree in me is strong. It bends in the wind, and has roots that go deep . . . to where other roots reach up toward their own trunk-branch-crown and sky." As Corinna Luyken did in her award-winning My Heart, she again provides an invigorating conversation-starter that contains a world of truths--about self-esteem, community, and living a meaningful life. Awards and Accolades for My HeartNew York Times Best SellerPNBA Book Award WinnerIndie Next List Pick (Top 10)Nerdies Best Picture Books of the YearBook Page Best of the YearBrain Pickings Best Books of the Year * "This must-buy for librarians and teachers has myriad educational uses; it begs to be read aloud, and it is a masterful blending of text and illustration." —School Library Journal, starred review* "Soothing, simple phrasing and masterful printmaking harness metaphors to make a heart's complexity accessible to children . . . Sensitive, stunning words and pictures speak directly to young hearts." —Kirkus, starred reviewAwards and Accolades for Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a HorseIndie Next List PickBook Page Best of the YearAwards and Accolades for The Book of MistakesNew York Public Library Best Books of the YearNPR Best of the YearPNBA Book Award WinnerNerdies Best Picture Books of the YearBoston Globe Best of the Year * "This will lead kids to see their own so-called mistakes in a new, more positive light." —Booklist, starred review* "The idea of setbacks being opportunities in disguise is no stranger to picture book pages, but rarely has it been illuminated with such style, imagination, and compassion." —Publishers Weekly, starred review