Official Review: And The Trees Began To Move

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Official Review: And The Trees Began To Move

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "And The Trees Began To Move" by Lisa Gammon Olson.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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And The Trees Began To Move by Lisa Gammon Olson is a lovely book that uses allegory to introduce children to the benefits of kindness and collaboration. It also introduces the function of ecosystems.

In this story, the spirit of a pool is delighted with his own clear water and his reflections. However, in a time of drought, he finds that his water level has dropped significantly and that the trees have moved closed in order to drink. Fearing for his own survival, he forbids them access to his pond.

This is a cautionary tale much in the style of Aesop’s fables, where an act of meanness has negative repercussions on the initiator. However, lessons are learned not only about sharing, but also how the natural world is interlinked and how a break in the chain upsets it.

The story is enjoyable, but most of all, the artwork is stunning. Although the style is mildly surreal, with sunbeams and spangles of light, the animals and plants are painted as recognisable species. This adds to the concept that this isn’t just a fairy tale; it is also a lesson in biology. Any parent who enjoys the natural world will have the opportunity to point out cardinals, woodpeckers, terrapins and a whole host of other animals.

I’m not sure if this has been professionally edited, most of the text is fine but there is a missing speech mark and a stray semicolon. Altogether,
I enjoyed this book and though it is a children’s book, I would imagine that the parent helping the child read would enjoy it too. Despite the errors, I am giving this book 4 out of 4 stars because the errors are minor and the enjoyment is great.

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Post by Michelle Fred »

As a nature lover, I like the tools employed by the author to deliver her message. The book presents opportunities for children to learn about the environment whilst also taking in lessons on collaboration and other themes. You did a great job with the review, thanks.

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Post by MsH2k »

This sounds like a lovely book - both for the child and the reader. A great lesson and beautiful illustrations are a perfect combination. Thank you for your review.

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Post by MrunalT »

The title is catchy. I love reading allegories, Animal Farm being my favorite one.

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Post by Magnify3 »

This sounds like an interesting book! I like the fact that there is a lesson to be learnt both about meanness and the environment. Thank you for the review!

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Post by Miller56 »

Thanks for the review. This sounds like an interesting story about how we treat each other. Using nature and the environment is a great way to get the story across.

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This sounds like a lovely read... thanks for this great review! Cheers
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Post by SHALLU RAWAL »

I am not a child but, I really like children books. It gives me memories of my childhood. And, it's contents are trees, animals and nature, what else I need! Thanks for the reviews.

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Post by Sarah Tariq »

Your review has piqued my interest to read this book as it is one of my favourite genres. I think fine allegory and surreal artwork gives this book a unique touch among other books. Good job!
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This seems like a great book that does a great job of teaching multiple lessons. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Amy747 »

This book sounds awesome. I love reading to my kids about kindness and nature.

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Your review is beautiful as the book which has been reviewed
Thank you 👍👍
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