"The boy lay sleeping under the tree." And so begins the adventure. He wakes up, and does not know where he is. It reminded me a bit of the Lewis Carroll tale "Alice in Wonderland" as the boy meets a rabbit with waistcoat and watch on a chain, a question asking owl, and a fox who is too busy to help among others. Convinced he is lost, all the animals keep telling him he is not. In the end, he realizes he has been in his own backyard all the time, just on the other side of the tree from his tree swing.
"Under The Tree" by Danielle Leibovici (who is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapost) is a book that is open to interpretation. You can use it as a way to talk about what to do if you get lost, using your imagination, the steps to solving a problem, or just a fun and silly story. The message is clear - home is safety, warm bread, and hugs from mom.
Book for Children Ages: 3-7 years old
Family Reading Time: The words in this book are simple enough that it makes a great book for an older sibling to read aloud to a younger child.
- Why did the boy think he was lost?
- Do you ever feel lost?
- What should you do if you ever can't find your way home?
- Who are people that can help you if you need help and your mommy or daddy are not nearby?
- What things can you do when you have a problem to solve?
- What are your favorite things about home?
Activities for Kids:
- Take a walk in the woods or around your neighborhood. Look for landmarks and other ways to find your way around.
- Schedule a visit with your local police or fire department to talk with your kids about safety and how to get help when they need it.
- Blindfold your child (in your backyard or house), hold their hand for safety. Then with their other hand see if they can feel their way around and figure out where they are and what they are near just by using their other senses.
- Talk about how things look different from different angles - or with different perspective. Drive to the top of a hill to see how things look different from far away, or get a magnifying glass to see how things look different very close up. Ask your kids to find other ways to see things from different perspectives. Not only is this a skill that helps them use their senses and critical thinking skills, but is the foundation for them to see other people's perspectives in life and solve conflict with others.
Cultural Diversity: This book only shows a single little boy and his mother (see the cover of the book) and a bunch of woodland animals. You could also use this book to talk about how even when people look different from one another on the outside, they are still all the same inside.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book