– Marie-Louise Gay –
Published 5 March 2024
Walking Trees is an utterly delightful picture book. We meet Lily, who lives in the city with her father. She fondly remembers a visit to a forest and that’s where her love for trees started. But there are not many trees in her city. None at all, in fact. So, Lily asks for a tree for her birthday.
Her father is sceptical – you can’t play with a tree and they need light and air, not something they have much of in their fifth floor apartment. But Lily gets her wish and soon starts to nurture her tree, which she names George, with lots of love and walks through the city. She uses a little trolley to pull her tree along. Soon it’s not just Lily who enjoys George. He has lots of uses in a hot, sunny city. Before long, others get their own trees and start joining Lily and George on their walks through the city.
Walking Trees is just beautiful. Soft illustrations, humour -love that the tree is called George – and a really powerful message about the need for plants in our cities and the creative ways we can do that.
Walking Trees would be the perfect springboard for a classroom investigation or project about greening our urban living spaces. While written and marketed for a young audience, readers of all ages are going to enjoy this sweet story.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Picture Book
Subjects: Nature, trees, urban living, friendship, cities
Published: 5 March 2024 by Greenwood Books
Format: Hardcover. 36 pages.