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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Texas was hot. Martin and his new friend Kevin were walking to the bus stop. Martin was still adjusting to the Texas heat and the constant moving by his family also made it difficult for him to make friends. His dad said this time they would be staying in Texas for a long time. Martin was happy because he knew he would be able to make new friends again. He was glad to have met Kevin and become his friend. As they made their way towards the bus stop, they noticed a small object shimmering in the morning sun. He picked it up and told Kevin it was a fossilized alien poop. Kevin took it in his hands and said it was something quite different.
Martin and the Tree Seed by Laura Day is a wonderful story of friendship and the weaving of the tree seed into the plot of friendship and school days has been done effortlessly and masterfully, giving many dimensions to the story. Samantha Fistere's black and white sketches are charming and they make the story and characters tangible. Martin, Kevin, and Jasmine's characters have been portrayed well and the initial camaraderie between Martin and Kevin until Jasmine joins the class is real and relatable to young readers. It is a good story for children because they will be able to connect with the classroom incidents, the friendship between Martin and Kevin, and how the arrival of a new student brings a change in friendship.