Blog tour: ‘The Girl Who Planted Trees,’ by Caryl Hart, illustrated by Anastasia Suvorova.

More and more young people are standing up and taking action to help reverse the damage humans have done to the Earth’s climate before it’s too late. This gorgeous story tells the tale of a young girl who takes matters into her own hands and decides to replant a barren mountainside.

When a little girl’s grandad shows her a picture of what the great, grey mountain used to look like, she can’t wait to plant a new forest and for the animals to return. Although the girl soon realises growing trees isn’t easy, she doesn’t give up. After many weeks, a little patch of green appears on the mountain and gives the whole village hope. Then, one day, a terrible storm comes tearing up the valley, destroying every single one of the girl’s saplings. Has all her hard work been for nothing? Or has it inspired those around her to share her dream?

What I loved most about this story was how the actions of one little girl united her entire village and inspired them to take collective action. The message that everyone has the power to make a difference shone out from the book’s pages. A powerful message that homes, schools, and communities should take on board and act upon.

Although this is an original tale, its poetic language and confident message meant that it read like a fable which had been passed down through generations. The illustrations cemented the tone of a traditional story with their warm colour palette and natural feel.

I would recommend this book for readers aged 4+.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Caryl Hart for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*

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