The Tree Told Me (hardcover) Trade Book

Written By Sophie Lescaut
Illustrated by Thanh Portal
Critically Reviewed

Available May 2021

What can be learned from a tree? If we watch and listen . . . a tree has much to teach us about life—like how you can be small and strong at the same time and how to weather the storms. The author, a philosopher, offers an intriguing look at how children can navigate this thing we call “life” as they grow and change.

SKU WW-NL6013
ISBN 9781478873747
Series Reycraft Books
Language English
SKU WW-NL6013
ISBN 9781478873747
Series Reycraft Books
Language English
BISAC Subject Headings Juvenile Fiction / Nature & the Natural World / General
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Values & Virtues
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
Juvenile Fiction / Nature & the Natural World / General
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Values & Virtues
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
Price $16.95
Author & Illustrator

Sophie Lescaut

Sophie Lescaut studied philosophy, then became a speech therapist. She says, “From there was born my interest in sounds, rhythm, and onomatopoeia.” Her sensitive and rhythmic writing is ideal for reading aloud. She currently lives in Paris with her family.

Thanh Portal

Thanh Portal loves books. She has done it all—read, reread, sell, manufacture, and illustrate them. Her beautiful drawing style has been described as naive and delicate.
Reviews

★  "‘The tree told me’ is a refrain followed by philosophical points about how to be a better human. In Portal’s deliberately simple shapes and lines, a small seed develops into the full tree, demonstrating that life is an experience beginning with “almost nothing” and can day by day flourish. The tree says to share, as two squirrels gather around food. Strength is possible from small acts; the future provides opportunity to build good character if the foundation is solidly rooted in firm pillars of acceptable moral principles; the journey through life has many ups and downs but the growth is steady. “The tree told me to experience the storms / The tree told me that the night has its secrets / The tree told me that some things are unacceptable.” This is a secular moral code in its most straightforward form, and one children can grasp. It would be at home in the classroom, or as a conversation starter at story hours. VERDICT A kindly phrase, “The tree told me,” builds a structure and how-to on creating a decent life. It’s that simple, and it’s that wonderful.” ––School Library Journal Starred Review

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