Thea's Tree

illus. by Judith Clay. 28p. Karadi Tales. Mar. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9788181902979.
PreS-K—There are no trees where Thea lives, only houses. She begins to long for one to climb and sit under after her parents tell her stories about the trees from their childhood. When Thea discovers an autumn leaf, she follows it in the hopes of finding its tree. Though she never finds it, she is able to grow one of her own after she is given a seed by an old tree she meets in a dream. This story is on the sweet side and a little too unbelievable. There is a lovely leaf background that appears behind the text, but the crooked heads that appear on the characters may be off-putting to young readers. Those on a limited budget will want to pass on this purchase.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

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