The Olive Tree by Elsa Marston, Illustrated by Claire Ewart is a wonderful book about how two children learn to share and work together by looking past their differences. It teaches a lesson about how compassion and understanding lie at the heart of all friendships.
This book's publishing date is November 1, 2014. Pre-order your copy here from Amazon. This will make a wonderful gift for children ages 5 and up. With Christmas right around the corner, be sure to check this out.
Review: I love books. Especially physical hardbound beautifully illustrated books. The Olive Tree is such a book. It is a multicultural story set in Lebanon about two young neighbors who learn the importance of sharing.
This story is such a touching story how two children who are neighbors but really never get to know each other until after a storm. One of the families moves away, and then returns later after the war. Sameer is so excited to finally have someone to play with, to climb the big olive tree, and share the olives from this tree. Muna wants nothing of the sort. This very large olive tree grows between the two families property but belongs to her family. While feeling entitled to the olives dropped on his side of the yard, Sameer eagerly picks them up and plans to share them with Muna. She demands that the olives are hers, and he must give them to her. He's devasted and no longer picks up the olives on his side of the garden. One night a lightning storm struck the olive tree down. This was devastating to both children. It took some time, but eventually these two children were able to come together and resolve their problems.
Be sure to purchase your copy of The Olive Tree to find out how Muna and Sameer work out their differences.
Pros: I especially liked how the olive branch is a symbol of peace, and how well this feeds into the story line. The story is a great book to help teach compassion and understanding that young children can grasp hold of. The art work is beautiful.
M y Rating: A Big Thumbs UP!!!
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