This story draws inspiration from the author taking his son, Samuel, on a walk to the park. He noticed how amazed Samuel was at everything there was to see – especially the trees that towered above him. With artwork depicting these trees that forged such awe in young Samuel’s eyes, “The Tree Watcher” beautifully takes the reader along on this wonder-inducing walk.
“An enjoyable story with wonderful illustrations”
Five Star Review on Amazon By JED says
This tale of the wonders of the trees is an intriguing look at some things we may take for granted. It speaks to the child in the story, Sam, asking him if he has ever stopped to just look at the trees.
It then talks of the trees growing strong, the presence they have and the beauty they possess. This is all written out in an interesting way that also mirrors Sam’s life and what he wants to become. It’s filled with pictures of nature that are given a unique, surreal look and add to the beauty of the story. I especially liked the autumn picture full of colorful leaves.
It’s a simple yet wonderful story that would be great to read to the little ones and I think they will enjoy hearing as well. Anything today that tells a child how important nature is (and not the electronic devices they covet) should be shared.
*I was offered a free copy of this book in return for an honest review*
About the Author
Christopher P. Stanley grew up in Grove City, OH and had a childhood that centered around imagination, play, and exploring the outdoors (mixed in with a healthy amount of Nintendo). A large part of his, perhaps over-active, imagination is owed to books – “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Vinegar Pancakes and Vanishing Cream”, and “every single Dr. Seuss book” made up just a small sampling of the children’s books that filled him with wonder – and continue to do so to this very day!
Christopher graduated from Ohio Dominican University with a degree in Education, and has been an educator for the past 10 years in both the K-12 and Higher Education settings. He currently lives in Upper Arlington, OH with his wife, Morgan, and their four children – Rylee, Olivia, Lylah, and Samuel – who remind him every day of the magic that is childhood.
Christopher is an author and co-founder of Jump Splash Books, and he aims to highlight imagination and celebrate the joy of childhood through his stories. He co-founded Jump Splash with his childhood friend and artist Alex LeVasseur, and the name of the company encapsulates their vision – through imagination and wonder, we can find joy; even in something as simple as jumping in a puddle.