Little Sap: The Magical Story of a Little Forest Family

Jan Hughes, illus. by Ruth Hengeveld. Cameron Kids, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-951836-06-1
In this quiet naturalistic tale, Little Sap, a lithe sapling in a dense forest, yearns to grow big like Mother Tree, “the tallest and wisest tree in the grove,” who guides Little Sap on a journey of maturation as the seasons pass. Hughes uses the gentle narrative to impart contemporary knowledge about arboreal ecosystems, such as the symbiotic relationship between trees and fungi (“After the rains, Little Sap’s friends the Penny Buns... bring sweet, soothing treats from Mother Tree to Little Sap”). Hengeveld contributes enchanting watercolor spreads, intricately portraying wildlife and subterranean root systems through the seasons. Simultaneously informative and sweet, this book will appeal to young arborists. Back matter includes further information on tree communication. Ages 5–7. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 04/01/2021
Release date: 03/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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