Monday, January 25, 2010

Tess's Tree

This book, Tess's Tree, was my favorite book this week. Written by Jess M. Brallier and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, this book was a lovely story about loss and grief all in terms of a tree. Tess is a young girl whose best friend is a tree. She spends all different times of the year with her tree, laying under it, climbing on it, and just watching out onto it from her bedroom window. When a storm destroys her tree, Tess decides to hold a funeral for her tree and invites neighbors to come. At the service, Tess gets to meet former friends of the tree and learns about life, love and loss. I thought that this story was a great way to help a child learn about death. Death is a hard concept, at any age, but this book somehow shed a nice light upon it. The illustrations were light and colorful, and the story told the reader that it is okay to grieve when something is lost, even if it's something like a tree. I could see this book as being a great help when a grandparent or somebody close to the child passes away, for the parents to use as a reference point for what happens when someone or something dies. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely remember it.

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