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In rhymed couplets, with magical illustrations, Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree spins a story of adventure, imagination, and the importance of home.
This very strange tale began in May
in a friendly forest on a sunny day.
Skipping along a path in the wood
danced Sylvia Rose, and man, she was GOOD!
Laughing and leaping came Sylvia Rose,
Whirling and twirling on twinkly toes.
Bold, adventurous Sylvia Rose loves visiting the animals and trees of the forest. The girl and her favorite cherry tree share almost everything, including dancing and stories, but they can’t travel the world together because the tree is rooted deep in the earth. Determined to overcome this obstacle, Sylvia Rose enlists her animal friends to uproot the glorious tree, and Sylvia and the tree set off globetrotting together, taking in the wonders of the world from the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House, each sight more amazing than the last.
Back home in the forest, however, the animals begin to suffer without the food and shelter of their life-sustaining cherry tree. Can the tree give up her newfound freedom and return to her role in the forest ecosystem?
Fountas & Pinnell Level M
In singsong rhyming couplets, Sylvia Rose skips and twirls along a path in the wood to the big cherry tree where she prances and dances with her woodland friends. When the great cherry tree explains how much it would love to dance with them, Sylvia Rose unearths a plan to uproot the tree in order for it to dance with her to faraway lands. Branch in hand, Sylvia Rose and the cherry tree visit many wonderful sights of the world—but back in the forest, the animals miss the tree which was their home. Though the text is lengthy, the story is charming and it is matched with visual intrigue that eventually guides the cherry tree back to bloom where it was once deeply rooted. Whimsical digital illustrations create enchanting single and full spreads, which are sure to entice young readers,who will wish to dance right into Sylvia Rose's forest.
VERDICT With its positive message about adventure, imagination, and nurturing your roots, this book will delight children and adults alike. A dreamy, lyrical tale that will dance off picture book shelves.” — School Library Journal