Set against drab cityscape abstractions, the warmth of this story is surprising. Two boys, upon discovering a tree which will soon be swallowed up by a giant condominium, decide to make a difference by relocating the tree to a hillside. Lovely and compassionate despite its simplicity, The Last Tree is an object lesson for all.— From Jill's 2017 Picks
This poignant picture book with a futuristic feel offers a powerful environmental message about the critical importance of conserving the natural world. The story, written by Ingrid Chabbert, is narrated by the boy as an adult looking back on something that had enormous significance for him, highlighting the positive role that nature plays in our lives, and ultimately offering hope for the future. The muted tones of the artwork by Guridi add emotional impact to the narrative. This would make a terrific classroom read for Earth Day, or for discussions about the environment. It also celebrates how, with a bit of imagination, even small children can make a difference. A wonderful choice for character education discussions about initiative.