cover image Some Questions About Trees

Some Questions About Trees

Toni Yuly. Atheneum, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5344-8915-8

“Where do trees live?// On the earth...// or in the sky?” An inquisitive child’s arboreal musings drive this whimsical picture book, narrated entirely via questions whose answers are hinted at visually. “Are some trees shy?” the child wonders while peeking out from behind a vibrant, cascading tent of orange and yellow leaves. In another scene captioned with the query “Do the tallest trees get lonely?” a single bluebird hovers in the air near a looming conifer. Depicting birches, willows, and more, Yuly’s dainty mixed-media illustrations touch on seasonal change while showing the paper-white child—drawn simply with only a few strokes and a green shirt—swinging from branches, playing among fallen leaves, picking fruit, and contemplating the woody plants that surround them. The unanswered questions encourage visual literacy in this simple story whose center is the connection between a curious child and nature. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)