Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Australian RRP: $24.99
I feel terrible for taking so long to get to this beautiful book on my vast review pile because it really is a joy (what can I say, it was the term from hell!)
Chloe’s debut picture book as both author and illustrator clearly indicates that she will be force with which to be reckoned.
The premise of the book about facing fears and developing resilience is so timely and the detailed illustrations will have children poring over them to gain every beautiful aspect.
Maple is very solitary in her tree house in the woods because she’s scared of everything, particularly the animal noises from below but when she finally steps out of her comfort zone she finds that rather than terrifying her animal neighbours are both kind and friendly.
She finds her courage and returns to her tree house with a new sense of bravery and confidence. If you are looking for books that will empower children, particularly girls, this is ideal.
It will seem strange to say because the illustrations are quite contemporary in style but they do remind me of artists such as Pixie O’Harris with portrayals of imaginary forest friends and scenes.
I love this and it will definitely be a ‘go to’ and shared with my colleagues in the Junior school enthusiastically.
Highly recommended for readers from around 3 years upwards.