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Reviewed by Parul Sood for Readers' Favorite
Bento Leal's If I Were a Tree, What Kind Would I Be? is a heartwarming children's book that takes young readers on an imaginative journey through the world of trees. Written in rhyme and adorned with beautiful multi-ethnic illustrations, this book captivates both children and adults alike, offering valuable life lessons along the way. The story follows young children as they ponder the type of tree they would like to be, exploring various tree species such as oaks, redwoods, and maples. Through their exploration, they learn essential values such as kindness, generosity, empathy, and compassion. The author weaves these virtues into the narrative beautifully, showing how the unique characteristics of trees can relate to our own lives. At the end of the story, readers are treated to interesting tree facts and reflection questions. These elements further engage children and foster a deeper connection to the story's themes.
If I Were a Tree, What Kind Would I Be? by Bento Leal encourages children to embrace their talents and gifts, think big, and recognize the vast potential within themselves. By drawing inspiration from nature, young readers are empowered to bring joy and love to those around them. This uplifting message serves as a catalyst for personal growth and positive character development. What sets this book apart is its thoughtful inclusion of additional content. The book is an excellent tool to spark meaningful conversations with young readers. It strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and substance, making it accessible to children aged three to six. The illustrations are vibrant and adorable, complementing the narrative beautifully. This is a must-have addition to any children's library, classroom, or family bookshelf. It not only entertains but also inspires children to embrace their imagination, care for others, and reach their full potential. Whether read at bedtime or used as a teaching tool, this book is a valuable resource for nurturing young minds and fostering character development.