Another Way To Climb a Tree

illus. by Hadley Hooper. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Aug. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626723528.
PreS-Gr 2—Daredevils will cheer redheaded Lulu's bravery. Clad in short overalls, she scales only the most challenging trees—those with the stickiest sap, the ones that catch kites, and even trees other kids fall out of. When Lulu is sick and confined to bed, she's missed by the birds and trees, and she woefully watches the sun and moon take over her climbing routes. Lulu's jealousy disappears when she discovers that the enormous shadow on her bedroom wall is of "the tallest, widest, biggest tree of all," which she proceeds to climb, swing from, and hide in…with her imagination. Scanlon celebrates the simple pleasure of nature. Hooper's relief prints use a soft palette and retro line figures, including Lulu's white dog, who always tags along. Details such as Lulu clasping a teddy bear as she climbs and her laurel headband add charm.
VERDICT The serene tone and pace cleverly balance the heroine's restlessness. Introduce this for Earth Day, for Arbor Day, or with themes of imagination. A perfect choice for anyone stuck inside on a glorious day.

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