Millard, G. (author) & White, A. (illustrator). (2009). Mbobo Tree. London: Scholastic.
I never intended for this blog to include book reviews. However, the children’s books I am featuring are so darned good everyone should know about them.
This book has so much heart, when I first read it I couldn’t speak for a while afterwards. It definitely has the wow factor. The story is set in a village in Africa where the villagers live in harmony with the only tree in the village and the wild and domestic creatures who also rely on the tree for sustenance. The themes are of acceptance, belonging, caring, and integration.
It is probably more suited for children aged 4 years and above, as there is a lot of text and the story is quite detailed. At playgroup, prior to reading the story, we talked about all the parts of a tree as these are mentioned in the story. We had made cardboard trees earlier in the morning for craft, and next week at playgroup we will be making handmade books featuring edible fruits and nuts that grow on trees. Scholastic has published teacher’s notes which would be suitable for children in a classroom environment.
This morning I ordered Plum Puddings and Paper Moons written by Glenda Millard which is a small novel for independent readers, about a girl who wants to make a difference in the world.
Images: tree craft at playgroup