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A unique and special book!
on 25 March 2007
This is a lovely and very unusual book, dealing with a wide range of serious issues, but aimed at younger children. The story follows the friendship which develops between an ancient oak tree and a young conifer which has grown in a deciduous woodland.
Nicholas Halliday is a well known illustrator, however this is the first book he has written and illustrated himself. The illustrations themselves are remarkable; being computer generated (using the same techonology to create them as films such as Toy Story), they are highly detailed with a real sense of texture. My children enjoyed the high detail (they also loved seaching for the animals and insects hidden in the illustrations), and found the story both touching and uplifting.
This book could inspire a whole range of PSHCE lessons in schools, covering as it does issues related to 'being different', of acceptance, loss and ultimately a sense of belonging and continuity. This is a sad, yet ultimately joyous book, reinforcing the concept of the circle and cycle of life and our responsibility to care for one-another, regardless of our differences.
Children from around 4 to 8 will probably love this book, and, as said previously, this would also be a wonderful book to use in connection with a range of school topics, including ecology, in foundation or key stage 1. It would also make a gift to be treasured and enjoyed by any child.