This book teaches the reader that mean words and arguments cause a crack to form between friends, but kind words and working together makes a tree of friendship grow. Thoughtlessness and selfishness only tear people apart, but forgiving and smiling at one another results in a happy atmosphere of support.
The moral message seems like it would be too preachy, but the poetry of the writing makes it so light and fun that it doesn’t feel too heavy for a children’s book. The writing is in good rhyme, with good rhythmic lines. I am very picky about rhyming text in children’s books, but this writing is excellent. The poetry flows along nicely.
I always love books with die-cut openings, and this book uses the peek-through openings so cleverly to enhance the story and lead the reader into the next page. It’s really beautifully designed and I was so pleased with the arrangement of the pages.
The illustrations are colorful and emotional as they depict the contrast of the darkness of anger and the sunshine of friendship. I like the textured art style with blocks of color and blurry lines. It gives the book a dreamy quality that is soothing.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.