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ANDY'S CHERRY TREE

Author: Miranda Haxhia

Illustrator: Zaur Deisadze

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Publisher: International Step-by-Step Association, ©2007

Material: paperback

Summary: Andy's family is moving. Everyone is taking their favorite thing, except Andy. He can't take his cherry tree. When he gets to his new house, he paints a picture of the tree because he misses it so much. When his mom tells him that he can use the pits from the cherries he brought, he goes out right away and plants them. This is a story about moving and all of the feelings that go with it.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Age of Child: Read by an 6-year-old girl. She participated in a youth ministry project at Effort Baptist Church helping our Use Your ABCs project.

Young Reader Reaction: This book was too easy to read. I thought it was boring.

Adult Reader Reaction: This would be the perfect book for a young child who is getting ready to move. The ideas and language are simple enough for a preschooler to understand, and the story offers a hopeful lesson. The illustrations are nice, though they don't always have accurate perspective and look flat.

Pros: Children who fear moving will be comforted by this story about a boy and his beloved cherry tree.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Although this is a nice story, it will mostly appeal to families who are dealing with moving.

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Educational Themes: Andy is an easy character to understand. His emotions and fears are obvious, giving you an opening to talk about fear, sadness, change, and hope.

Notes: This book is available in multiple languages.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, feelings, growing up, foreign language

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2009, March 2014

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