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The Perfect Tree Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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K-Gr 2—What is the perfect tree? To young Jack, it is one worth cutting down. He searches high and low but has no luck. Then, he reaches the forest, where some kindly animals guide him. They show him magnificent trees of varying shapes and sizes…they show him their homes. Jack learns that every single tree is valuable, not for its raw materials but because it is a living thing, and so he leaves, grateful for this newfound wisdom. Even though this change of heart occurs rather suddenly, Bonfield's amazing visuals convince readers of Jack's sincerity. Unfocused backgrounds, 3-D multimedia art, silhouettes, and shadows create that sense of depth and vastness that all great forests have. Bright blue sound effects and dotted movement lines then imbue it with life. Finally, to top it all off, every page is full of color and detail specific to the type of tree featured. Overall, the tone is rather light and fun, perfect for adventure and discovery. VERDICT A beautiful reminder to respect this most magnificent of living things, the tree.—Rachel Forbes, formerly of Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada
A subtle sustainability message is delivered in this engrossing debut picture book.”
The slightly quirky, dark and nature-colored images of mixed rural/urban scenes and influences keep all the jagged portraits of trees, boy, and creatures fresh and engaging. The Perfect Tree can be enjoyed by children ages 3 and older. They will enjoy poring over the complex, colorful scenes of trees and other living creatures.
Midwest Book Review
Chloe Bonfield has written a charming story with a lesson tucked neatly within it. The real strength of this book is the captivating, detailed illustrations that almost look like mixed media collages, but are instead beautifully creative and unusual for the genre of picture books.”
San Francisco Book Review
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