A Special Story Loosely Based On Truth
“The Animals knew the Tree was very special, which is why they held all their sleepovers, weddings and championship bingo tournaments inside.”The raccoons keep the tree neat and tidy. The squirrels make sure it has books and games. And the chipmunks do pretty much nothing but stare at the shapes of clouds and think about chestnuts. But the day humans show up, things begin to change.
Charlie’s grandpa puts up a rope swing for her. The animals are a bit taken aback. This is their special tree. Thank goodness the humans, who gather often to celebrate various things at the tree, are accepting and kind toward the animals. With a sigh of relief, the animals realize that they can both enjoy this wonderful tree.
The fun goes on for many years until one day the tree and Grandpa have no life left in them.
What will happen to now that they are both gone?
This story is a fictional tribute to a real tree at Camp Wandawega, a Wisconsin campground.
What Concerned Me: I'm not sure why the authors/editor chose capitalization on certain words and lack of commas where I expected them.
What I Liked Most: Since this is loosely based on a true story, there is an author’s note at the back of the book with some facts and a picture of the tree. This is an interesting story with bright, fun illustrations.
Author: Tereasa Surratt and Donna Lukas
Illustrations: Nicola Slater
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (January 2018)
- Approx. Words: 695
- Ages: 3 - 7
- Pages: 40