Source: Conscious Media Relations
Hardcover, 30 pgs.
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How the Trees Got Their Voices by Susan Andra Lion uses colored pencil-like drawings to bring the woods to life as a group of girls and their chaperone enjoy camping. While the girls are singing in the tent after a long day of hiking and other activities, the chaperone hears whispers. These whispers are carried on the wind, and she begins to realize that the creator’s trees are speaking to her. They are carefully telling her about how they wanted what all of the other animals had — voices.
At the beginning of the book there’s an author’s note that indicates the book has two layers — the story of the woman learning of the myth of how the trees got their voices and the story of the animals in the woods. Reading through the first story, its hard to keep a younger child’s attention focused on just what the chaperone is hearing and learning and passing on to the younger girls. Kids tend to want to know everything all at once, and when an animal catches their eye, it’s best to read the little box of information to them. Not only does it satisfy their own curiosity, but it will enrich their understanding of how the world in interconnected.
How the Trees Got Their Voices by Susan Andra Lion is a cute story but its set up may be a little distracting for younger readers, but like other picture books, it can be used as a teaching tool. It has some great information about ecology and the animal kingdom, and Lion clearly aims to teach younger readers how to respect their surroundings.