Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Hannah and the Talking Tree

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Book Review - Hannah and the Talking Tree

About the Book
California author and illustrator Elke Weiss has just published a children’s book specially designed to plant the seeds of environmental activism in the next generation.

Hannah is a little girl with a special and unique gift. She has very, very big ears which enable her to hear things in the world all around her that other people do not notice.

She can hear the grass grow, the wind sing, and the ants march one by one. She can hear birds chirping far away and even hear the trees drinking water.

Unfortunately, she is teased and criticized by other children and runs away to be alone.  With her extra special powers she finds and befriends a very special and solitary tree and learns about the tragic fate of the trees around her.

And now the last tree is threatened as well.  Is there any way to save the lone tree from destruction? Will anyone listen to Hannah's cry for help?

Instead of just giving up and letting the last tree get cut down, Hannah decides to be brave and do something herself to help save the last tree and create a world worthwhile living in. 

Hannah and the Talking Tree
By Elke Weiss

List $16.95
Trade hardcover 36 pages color 11.75 inches by 11.75 inched
Printed on recycled paper, approved by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Free Focus Publishing; 1ST edition (2010)
ISBN-10: 0982674716  ISBN-13: 978-0982674710

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Hannah and the Talking Tree is an environmental children's book intended for Ages 3-7.

This is a charming, well written and beautifully illustrated book. The characters are loveable, the storyline brilliant, and the illustrations, in vivid hues with detailed backgrounds, are exquisitely done.

Elke Weiss strives to teach children how important it is to care for our environment. Hannah and the Talking Tree is a wonderful way to give children an understanding of the environment and value the development of a healthy sense of curiosity for nature. This book is not only about environment and acting to make change, it has the simple goal to get kids out into nature so they don’t lose touch with the world around us.  

Elke Weiss grew up in Bavaria, Germany running bare feet over meadows, climbing trees and mountains. She has working experience as a writer, illustrator, designer, animator, filmmaker and publisher. She lives in Los Angeles, California. 

My Take on the Book
This book was great and it opened my kids eyes to the environment. The illustrations are adorable and the characters are memorable. When I first read the book, I thought that it was going to have an underlying tone of isolation where the main character was being ridiculed because of her looks, but instead it was a story that was more about acceptance which is something that I definitely want my girls to know.  
If you and you family care about the environment, this book was a gentle story that provided kids the opportunity to gain a much better understanding of the environment and its importance. Hannah also shows readers that having a curiosity about nature and the world around oneself is a positive thing, and you will learn so much more than you could even know.

I highly recommend this book!

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