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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Me, G, and the Locust Tree by Clay Anderson is an illustrated children’s book about life cycles - our life cycles to be specific - and how ordinary things around us, like trees, can come to mean something endearing. This appears to be taken from a true life experience of the author, which to me always lends credibility to the story. The maple tree was his as a child, and now the locust tree belongs to Garrett, his young son. I want to begin this review with the artwork. It is clear and color-filled, with plenty of detail for the type of story this is. It’s the type where a child will take time enjoying the pictures, and noticing all the animals and birds and soccer balls included along with everything else. The tones are soothing and attractive. Elie Nuryanti did an outstanding job.
Like Puff The Magic Dragon, Pete’s Dragon or Winnie the Pooh, this story reminds us that children do not stay that way forever, creating a bittersweet experience, but one that reveals a renewed hope - that the next generation is certain to come along and re-experience the beauty and wonder that the previous generation enjoyed. I see this as a soothing bedtime story that will be read over and over by parents and grandparents to young children. Me, G, and the Locust Tree by Clay Anderson reaches out to us, helping us to relive our childhoods and reminding us that, if we have young ones we care for, time is fleeting; they will not be children forever, so enjoy this moment you have today. Highly recommended.