Title: A Tree of My Own
Author: Ruskin Bond
Illustrator: Barkha Lohia
Publisher: Talking Cub, an imprint of Speaking Tiger Books
Age Group: 6 – 8 years (for self reading, can be read to 5 year olds as well)
Written in a poem form, this book is so lyrical that it’s difficult to put down. It talks about a boy who once thought that he wanted to have a tree of his own and so he put some cherry seeds in the ground and forgot about it.
The seeds then beautifully grow into a plant which gets destroyed by weather but then keeps growing back every season and finally in eight years the boy has his own cherry blossoms right at his doorstep. The struggle and the determination of the little cherry plant to keep coming back is described in the most poetic way possible.
The illustrations are almost dreamy with use of minimal and soothing colours. The sense of achievement and excitement we felt when we saw that first cherry on the tree can be experienced only when one reads this book. It is one of those books that will be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
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