By Ash, Oak and Thorn – Melissa Harrison
Three tiny, ancient beings – Moss, Burnet and Cumulus, once revered as Guardians of the Wild World – wake from winter hibernation in their beloved ash tree home. When it is destroyed, they set off on an adventure to find more of their kind, a journey which takes them first into the deep countryside and then the heart of a city. Helped along the way by birds and animals, the trio search for a way to survive and thrive in a precious yet disappearing world …
This is a gorgeous little book which explores the importance of our world, nature and why we need to look after it and connect with it. I was utterly charmed by it!
By Ash, Oak and Thorn tells the story of a wonderful bunch of charcters, who have been protecting nature since the beginning of time. They start to notice that things are changing and disappearing in the world. When something reagic happens around them, they make it their mission to find out where things are going and why things are changing.
I loved that this story looked at humans through the eyes of the characters – how we do things, why do we them and whether we consider what we’re doing before we do them. We see the world through the eyes of the Wild Folk and we see that as humans we ignore all of the magic and the beauty in the world. This book is written in a way which helps us to reconnect and remember all of the magical things about the world. We live in an incredible world and sometimes we forget to look and appreciate it!
This book would make a gorgeous read aloud to a class – there’s the perfect mix of fun, adventure and talking points to make this book just wonderful to read aloud. Kids will love the characters and they’ll love the element of thinking about the world in a new way. Kids still see the magic of the world, but adults don’t! This could definitely create some wonderful talking points around the importance of looking after our world and the ways in which we can appreciate the planet we live on.
A massive thank you to Chicken House for sending me a copy of this book – it has already been snatched up by a child in my class who is JUST adoring it! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour!