Kid Lit: The Branch

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Branch by Mireille Messier

To be published on September 6, 2016.

From the NetGalley Summary:
When an ice storm snaps a small girl’s favorite branch from the tree in her yard, she’s crestfallen. The girl’s mom says it’s just a branch. But not to her! “That was the branch I sat on, jumped from, played under. It was my castle, my spy base, my ship . . .” Luckily, her neighbor Mr. Frank understands. He says the branch has “potential.” “What’s potential?” she asks. “It means it’s worth keeping.” And so, with imagination and spirit, and Mr. Frank’s guidance and tools, the girl transforms the broken branch into something whole and new, giving it another purpose, and her another place to treasure. 

My Thoughts:
What a great story! Told in first person, this book tells of a young girl’s favorite tree branch that is broken off in an ice storm. Her mother does not understand the value of the branch, but the next door neighbor does. He is a wood craftsman, and he teaches the young girl about transforming branches into other valuable things. Together they two work on a very special project to make something out of the broken branch.

I love stories of friendship between children and adults, especially ones that involve the child learning something valuable. This little girl is taught how to use her imagination to see something greater out of a broken branch. And she has to plan and build the new object. This book is perfect for older children – ages 6-8 – because it has a lot of words, but also because it’s a story that will inspire them and make them excited about reading and building something of their own I’m sure.

My Rating: 5 stars

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