A squirrel decides to keep everyone in the forest away from a favorite tree (“It's MY tree”), but hasn't thought the plan all the way through!The squirrel loves a particular tree (“It's MY tree”) and is happiest eating pinecones in its shade (“MY pinecones in the shade of MY tree”). But then the squirrel starts to worry. What if someone else decides it's THEIR tree? What if that someone wants to eat THEIR pinecones in the shade of THEIR tree? Should the squirrel build a gate in front of the tree to keep the others out? Or maybe a wall? Yes, a wall. The squirrel will build a long and high wall that no one can get over or around. Only, now that there's a wall, how can the squirrel know what's on the other side of it? Maybe a better tree is out there, full of pinecones. Maybe even a whole forest of better trees ...World-renowned author-illustrator Olivier Tallec has created a simple, funny, relevant fable for the modern age. The humor and exaggeration ensure that even the youngest children will recognize the greed, xenophobia and fear of missing out afflicting the poor squirrel. With tones of bright orange and yellow, the captivating illustrations bring the enormous-tailed squirrel's rapid-fire range of emotions to vivid and hilarious life. This highly entertaining read-aloud would also make a perfect conversation starter for lessons on the importance of appreciating what one has.
About the Author
Olivier Tallec is a graduate of the École Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques and is the illustrator of more than sixty books. Olivier lives in Paris, France.
It's MY Tree ... exposes young readers to the various emotions one may feel when learning to share.—CM Magazine
... this multilayered story lends itself to a timely discussion of greed, contentment, and the futility of building walls.—School Library Journal
This contemporary fable about gluttony, selfishness, and isolationism is a fitting one for our times; with its exaggerated humor, it goes down easy.—The Horn Book