by Sophie Siers
illustrated by Kate Twhigg
Sophie Sier's picture book Arlo and the Ginkgo Tree, illustrated by Kate Twhigg, is about a little boy named Arlo and a special tree at the bottom of his garden.
His tree has a special way for him to climb up and a special spot just for him to sit.
Through the changing seasons, Arlo discovers that this tree truly is special – not just to him, but to some new little friends as well!
Arlo and the Ginkgo Tree is a simple story, using repetition – particularly of the word ‘special’ – and sensory description to remind us to sit in quiet wonder at the small things in the world around us. It is a message that comes naturally to children and is good to remember as adults too.
We learn with Arlo to wait and watch from one spring right through a year to another, as birds and butterflies cycle back to their shared home in the tree.
The narrative and illustrations are sweet – especially the three tiny chicks drawn in their nest – and the overall impression is that Arlo and the Ginkgo Tree is a soft, lullaby of a book about nature.
Author: Sophie Siers; Kate Twhigg
Publisher: Millwood Press