Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Anna loves exploring the coulee and she takes a different route to school every day through the deep ravine near her home in Anna and the Tree Fort by Stephanie Hrehirchuk. Anna loves to discover the myriad faces of the coulee and the Twelve Mile Coulee had its own personality. Anna’s trails lead her to the Chickadee Forest and she is led further along the path by a little chickadee. There she comes across things that do not belong to the coulee. She is aghast to see a tree fort in the coulee, which is ruining the beautiful trees there. She goes back to school, making a mental note of the location so that she can come back after school and sort out the mess.
This story has the perfect message for the current generation and the presence of the angel of the forest gives it a magical vibe. The black and white sketches are beautiful and they make the concept and the scenes vivid. It is an excellent bedtime storybook to read out to children, and teachers and educators can use the book for read aloud sessions in classrooms to make them understand the importance of preserving nature and wildlife. Stories like this are good for children to read as it develops a sense of responsibility in them to preserve the trees around them instead of destroying them. I like the portrayal of Anna’s character. Her love for nature and animals is relatable and tangible, and she reaches out to young readers in a good way.