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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Author Maria Ashworth deftly weaves colors, counting, and animals into My Big Tree. A bluebird has found a place to nest in the Big Tree and slowly many other animals follow her there. The little bluebird finds it crowded and tries moving out. But she finds it lonely in the new tree and she realizes the importance of being surrounded by friends and family, and also the importance of community living. This story of friendship and living together is uplifting and conveys a good concept and message to young readers.
The book connects on different levels with readers. It teaches them counting, it introduces them to new animals and the sounds made by the animals, it shows them new colors and, most important, teaches them the value of friends and community living. It's a good bedtime storybook for parents and grandparents to read to kids. It can also be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it makes counting look easy. The illustrations are adorable. They capture the essence and mood of the story beautifully, making it palpable for readers.
Books like this are excellent for children as they understand a concept or a message more easily when it is narrated with the help of a story and illustrations. The message that 'the grass in not always greener on the other side' is good for young readers to learn, and the story also highlights the need for friends and family in everyone's life.