CM . . .
. Volume XVIII Number 25. . . .March 2, 2012
Cecelia lives in a tree. It's the one place that she feels truly safe, safe from those that constantly make fun of her stumpy arms and stumpy legs. For Cecelia, safety comes with a hefty price: Loneliness. A friend with whom she can eat, laugh and play is the one thing for which Cecelia so desperately longs.
Normally, the length of a picture book as long as The Tree Girl is not a cause for concern. Unfortunately, in this instance, there are several occasions where the story seems to simply run on; thus, The Tree Girl would benefit greatly from being shortened. Additionally, many questions are raised as the reader continues through the story: "Where are Cecelia's parents?", "Where does she get money from?" and "Why isn't she in school?" Finally, The Tree Girl's greatest drawback is that it reads like a story that's been made on the spot.
Recommended with reservations.
Inderjit Deogun is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in children's literature.
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