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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Is there something really special that you love more than anything? Something in nature, like maybe the trees? Harper loves the trees that surround her home. She even talks to them. In Cindy Draughon and Larissa Gurido’s The Little Girl Who Talks to Trees, Harper learns that the mayor and the wizards have decided to cut down all the trees, especially the one she loves the most that has a special castle treehouse, built just for her by her father. Harper isn’t about to let the mayor and the wizards have their way. She’s determined to plead her case and make sure the trees are protected. Sometimes, however, even the best of plans somehow go astray. Harper gets lost on her way to confront the mayor and the wizards. Does Harper believe in the magic that surrounds her and to present her case to the powers that plan to destroy what she loves most? Will she even have the opportunity to plead her case?
Cindy Draughon and Larissa Gurido’s picture book, The Little Girl Who Talks to Trees, is a powerful story of believing and standing up for what you believe. It’s all about growing up and understanding that one must follow their heart to find a way to change wrong decisions into right ones. The story, partly told in rhyming verse, follows Harper’s journey, her quest to right a wrong before it’s too late. Told in simple language so that young readers can easily follow along and accompanied by spectacular illustrations, each of which tells a story of their own, this gem of a book is both entertaining and educational. Perhaps young readers will also learn how to communicate with the trees, or anything and everything else in nature. A beautiful story.