Kid’s Book Review: The Tree and the River

Kid’s Book Review: The Tree and the River

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

In this wordless epic story Aaron Becker tracks the evolution of our species – and its toll on the Earth – through the fates of a lone tree and an enduring river. River and tree silently watch Time passes and people arrive to harness water, wind, and animals; devise technology and transportation; redirect rivers; and reshape the land.

Aaron Becker is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children including the wordless picture book trilogy “Journey,” “Quest,” and “Return,” which follows the adventures of a young girl who uses a magic red crayon to explore fantastical worlds. Becker’s work is highly imaginative, visually stunning, and appeals to both children and adults.


Book Review

I can’t believe a small acorn grows into a really big tree!

Mum’s opinion – It was an interesting picture book showing how a tree and river scene changed over different periods of time from quiet and serene with just a few animals to being busy with boats, aircrafts, people, buildings and bright lights. It showed pictures in different seasons as well. There are lots of things to talk about with little ones by looking at the pictures such as what is near the river or in the river or what interesting aircraft is in the sky or what the people on each page are talking about. The illustrations are thought provoking.

Theo’s opinion – I like this book as it is different, it has only pictures. It is nice to spot the tree and river on each page and see how they change when I turn the page. I would like to fly in an aircraft like this over my town. I liked the acorn turning into a tree and I can’t believe a small acorn grows into a really big tree!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Theo
  • Age: 3 years
  • Likes: bananas, Teletubbies and ducks
  • Dislikes: water and rice
  • Favourite Book: The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • Favourite Film: The Boss Baby
  • Favourite Song: Five Little Ducks