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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Tree Soldier is a children’s picture book written by Sarah M. Flores and illustrated by Maksym Stasiuk. Billy was feeling kind of bored with his toys, his games and just about everything. He didn’t live in a castle with golden floors, which he thought would be pretty nice. Billy decided to go outside where he met a very special friend. It was one of the large trees that bordered the path outside his home. This tree could speak and had a name -- Tree Soldier. Tree Soldier invited Billy to go for a walk where he had the opportunity to see other families and how they live. Billy was surprised to find that the family that lived in the grand mansion with a huge built-in pool seemed less happy than a family that lived in a small and run-down house.
Sarah M. Flores’ picture book for children, Tree Soldier, is an enchanting fable that illustrates how the love within a home is what makes it special, not the grandness of size. Billy’s walk with Tree Soldier helps him realize that, and gives him an enhanced appreciation for his siblings and parents. Maksym Stasiuk’s illustrations are masterful. Each drawing is richly detailed, and the colors are bright and glowing. His drawings of Tree Soldier make this fabulous being come alive. Sometimes, it’s tempting to think that life would be better if you have more toys or a bigger yard. Tree Soldier illustrates how that is not always the case. Tree Soldier is highly recommended.