The Last Tree by Emily Haworth-Booth (3/2021; ISBN: 978-1843654841; Hardcover $16.95; Ages 4-8; 32 pages) is hailed as a "thought-provoking picture book" by Guardian and "beautifully executed" by The Sunday Times.
his second picture book from Waterstones Children's Book Prize nominee Emily Haworth-Booth is an eco-fable with the feel of an instant classic, while also being topical in the current environmental and political climate.
The story follows a group of friends seeking a place to call home. The desert was too hot, the valley too wet, and the mountain too windy, but the forest was perfect. The friends soon wanted to build shelters, which became large houses. All too soon they wanted to control the environment and built a huge wooden wall around the community, which shut out the wind, but also created problems. And gradually the forest became thinner, until there was only one last tree standing. It was down to the children to find a solution.
OMG one of the best children's books I have read in such a long time with a beautiful message. This beautifully illustrated book shows us how children are our future.
When a village took all the trees to build what they needed for the village they soon realized that they needed more wood to complete their wall. NO longer friendly or neighborly with each other they sent their children out to get the last tree that no one had wanted before someone else got it but when the children saw the tree the laughed and played. Deciding not to remove the tree but with their parents needing more wood they decide to start taking parts of the fence that the village put up. Once the parents learn where the wood was taken from and see the tree they remember how much they enjoyed their neighbors, how they loved hearing their children play, the sun shining through the trees and the gentle winds through the branches they changed their ways.
The message is Respect the environment, and look after our resources in this case trees so we can have a bright and beautiful future.
My class loved this book but not as much as the 4 year PreK class. They got it!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary book from Pavilion Children's for my honest opinion. NO monetary compensation was offered.