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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Flying Tree: Teaching Children the Importance of Home is a children’s picture book written by Ingo Blum and illustrated by Anna Zeezat. The life of a bird seemed to be so much better than living on the same old hill day after day. The tree felt so alone without the birds to keep him company. It was wintertime, and snow covered the ground and was heaped on his branches. There were no birds or animals outside during that long, long winter. When spring came again, a swallow came to visit and rest a bit on a branch. The tree welcomed her, and soon she had made her nest on one of his branches. The swallow was tired from all the traveling and settled in to rest. When she was awake again, she wondered why the tree seemed so sad. He shared his wish that he could travel and see new places the way she did. As the swallow was magical, she knew how he could do just that, and the two new friends went off to discover the world together.
Ingo Blum’s The Flying Tree follows a swallow and a tree who has learned to fly as they explore other places. And, indeed, there’s something magical about seeing that tree levitating into the air and learning to use his branches as if they were wings. Blum eloquently shares with his readers the exhilaration and wonder the tree experiences as he flies. The reader also begins to understand, along with that tree, that there’s something special about one’s home that cannot be easily found elsewhere. Blum’s story is engaging and filled with magic, and Anna Zeezat’s clever illustrations work quite well in making this child-sized fantasy feel very real. The Flying Tree: Teaching Children the Importance of Home is most highly recommended.