Children’s Book, The Tree That Could Fly
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Children's Book Review: The Tree That Could Fly
3:48 PM Posted by Desi @ Wee Share
The story of a young fairy & a tree with one wish. Illustrated by Barry Sandefur & Gladys Natchez, The Tree That Could Fly is an old-fashioned bedtime story about an inquisitive & daring young fairy, & the old apple tree she befriends.
“Once upon a time...” is the way all good stories begin & Alma Bond's is no exception. We meet a very little fairy with wings the color of the sky, who is called Bluey for short. A polite young thing, she asks her mother, the Queen of the Whispering Woods, if she may fly into the forest for a day of exploring.
Bluey rides the summer breeze into the trees where she leaps with the frogs, & plays with the acorns until a summer storm comes upon the Whispering Woods. Cold & wet & hungry Little Bluey can't fly home until her wings dry, so she starts to cry.
That's when the Old Apple Tree, who has been watching her frolic all day, speaks to her & offers a dry, warm place to stay, & an apple for dinner
The next morning, wanting to thank the Old Apple Tree for protecting her all night, Bluey offers to fulfill a wish for him. Being a young fairy & not having many chances to practice the magic of her wand, she urges the reluctant Old Apple Tree to make a wish, which he does. To his (& Bluey's) surprise, her magic works & the Old Apple Tree, with Bluey in his branches, finds himself flying, looking at the world from a whole different perspective.
Where does the Old Apple Tree land? How will little fairy Bluey get back to her mother? Buy the book & find out, you will not be disappointed because The Tree That Could Fly, which took all of 40 years to come to print, is a story to read to your children & your children's children.
The Tree That Could Fly
A perfect bedtime story "Once upon a time..." is the way all good stories begin & Alma Bond's is no exception. We meet a very little fairy with wings the color of the sky, who is called Bluey for short.
One day she flies off to the Whispering Woods for a day of leaping with frogs & rolling acorns. When a summer storm drenches her wings, she can no longer fly & that's when an Old Apple Tree who's been watching her play all day, speaks to her, offering a safe dry place to rest, & an apple to eat.
As a thank you, Bluey asks the Old Apple Tree (one could be forgiven for saying she demands!) what wish she may grant him. Well, he's really only ever had one -- he wants to see a mountain & the sea, & there's no other way to get him there than to fly.
Whimsical, delightful & interesting, THE TREE THAT COULD FLY is the story Alma Bond told to her children. It is destined to become a classic with families who still love to read bedtime stories.
It is beautifully illustrated & decorated by Barry Sandefur & Gladys Natchez.
A fairy tale that is sure to delight children of all ages! My own children were completely mesmerized by this old‑fashioned fairy tale, reminiscent of the old Hans Christian Andersen tales. Surely this will become a favorite bedtime story of children throughout the world. As a mother and a fairy tale lover, I highly recommend this book! RebeccasReads.com
I consider it an honor to have The Tree That Could fly and to have read it to my granddaughter, Zoe. Here's her reaction ‑ and the truth about it: Zoe was absolutely entranced. In a couple of minutes, she merely glanced at the pictures, but she looked at me with her mouth wide open ‑ as she sometimes does when she's really taken by the subject matter (like when we took her to the museum for a lecture on dinosaurs). She was truly entranced the entire time - and got angry when my friend came in and I had to stop reading.
A couple of hours after I had finished reading to her, she picked up the book again and began reading it herself. Only in 1st grade, she is reading remarkably well. Finally, when I could read to her again and finished the book, I asked her wheat her favorite part of the story was and she said "when the fairy went home again."
Alma, you did a beautiful job with this book and I know it will be a hit. Arline Zaks, author of many books including "Horsing Around in New Jersey."
the fairy in the story says to the recalcitrant tree, "Never give up
wishing." It must have been my unconscious talking,” says Dr. Bond.
The reading of the book is a
dreamlike journey where every step of it is a magical one.