Trees have feelings
I’ve always thought trees and other non-human living things have feelings – ever since we did a poem at school about carrots being tugged out of the ground and chopped up – I can’t remember the title or the poet, unfortunately. Then, this little image popped into my twitter feed:
— Leslie Tate (@LSTateAuthor) 11 January 2017
This provided the evidence needed to recommend Josie Arden’s short story Can Do, Cindy in which trees help young Cindy to develop her confidence and self-worth. Josie says she wrote the stoy for one of her granddaughters who was struggling with these very issues as a young person. Getting the message across through a story would have a much greater impact than a straight-forward chat. This is the only children’s story in the collection, This and That vol 1, but many others are also suitable for the younger reader.
In Heaven’s Rage, author Leslie Tate talks of finding refuge amongst the trees in a wonderfully moving account of his being tied to one by bullies.
And for the younger reader, Hillingdon Libraries have identified these books on trees.