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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
The Little Curry Leaf Tree is a children's book by Moriah Sam. The little curry leaf tree is happy in its garden surrounded by friendly plants, but its caretakers, Appachan and Ammachi, seem sad. This distresses the curry leaf tree, and it asks the other plants for help as it seeks to improve the couple's mood. The mango tree, neem tree, and hibiscus take turns trying to bring Appachan and Ammachi joy, but this only worsens their sadness as they think about the memories they shared with their absent children and grandchildren. In its despair, the little curry leaf tree loses some of its leaves, but the leaves may play a part in improving the couple's mood.
Moriah Sam has written a lovely story about the power of family togetherness. I really enjoyed this story. The delightful images complement the text, giving a clear view of life in India where the couple lives. This story illustrates the sadness older adults feel when they are not surrounded by their immediate family. Sam includes Indian words and dishes in the writing, elevating the young reader's knowledge about Indian culture. "Appachan" means father or grandfather and "Ammachi" is the word for mother, so children can relate the aging couple to their parents, grandparents, or caretakers. This book can be read to open a discussion about a family member who is far away or about an older neighbor who may be missing his or her family. The Little Curry Leaf Tree is an excellent book for children who enjoy learning about other cultures or like to read about family.