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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
And The Trees Began to Move, written by Lisa Olson and illustrated by Lauren Rutledge, is a children’s picture book that focuses on nature. Lisa Olson is able to bring a set of human characteristics to subjects that may or may not be living beings in a way that makes the reader stand up and take notice. Lauren Rutledge’s illustrations are breathtaking; the colors are dialed down and fit the earthy tone of the forest perfectly. In some ways it has a quality about it that brings quickly to mind The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. And The Trees Began to Move has a fast moving narrative pace that you easily sink down into. One of my favorite lines is on page 12: “The cascading rush of the waterfall was a mere whisper in his ears.” And like many of the lines, they have a resonance to them that speaks louder than mere words on a page.
Lisa Olson and Lauren Rutledge’s And The Trees Began to Move completely moved me. The message within it and the educational lessons dispersed throughout about how working together helps us all thrive are valuable tools from which children and adults will be able to benefit. The illustrations look as though they should be hanging on the walls of an art museum; they are so striking and moving. And The Trees Began to Move is the perfect book for a child who is just learning about the world around them, and for anyone who wants a reminder of what true kindness is.