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Title: This Very Tree

Author/Illustrator: Sean Rubin


It is difficult to believe that next month will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For many of us the events of that day will never escape our memories, however, today’s children and teens were born well after 2001. There are several new books for young readers, however, that grapple with this tough topic in recent history. One of the most beautiful, and hopeful, examines the World Trade Center and subsequent recovery from the point of view of a Callery pear tree that miraculously survived. Based on a true story, This Very Tree shows the remarkable recovery journey of the tree against the backdrop of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and creation of a monument. The illustrations and text, particularly around the attack itself, are subtle, making this a good choice for caregivers or teachers introducing this topic to younger readers. For those who are interested in more details, the author includes a brief history. This Very Tree is also an excellent overall choice if you are looking for books on trauma recovery or resilience for young children. It is a beautiful story reflecting the hope and growth that can come out of the darkest of days. 


-Miss Katie





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