Book Review | Hannah and the Talking Tree
Title: Hannah and the Talking Tree
Author: Elke Weiss
Hannah is a beautiful little girl with a wonderful gift….her very large ears allow her to hear things “really really well.” The singing wind, marching ants and even the trees drinking water are all magical sounds. When Hannah is teased by the other children because of her large ears she runs away and finds solace and friendship with a lonely tree. One day the tree needs Hannah’s help and she is pleased to be able to use her gift to help her friend. Will she be able to get everyone to listen and help save the tree?
Elke Weiss has written a beautiful children’s story that is both charming and heartwarming. The environmentally sound message was easily understood by my three children who thought that Hannah was “brave” to try and get help for the lone tree. The lovely illustrations, also by Elke Weiss bring the story to life and the colorful pictures are so vivid and engaging.
I also appreciate that Hannah and the Talking Tree also opened the door to talk to my young children about hurtful teasing and asked them what they thought about the other children making fun of “Hannah” and her large ears in the story. My own daughter, also named Hannah, had tears in her eyes and said, “It’s not nice to make fun of someone and besides I like her big, giant ears.” My two boys nodded their heads and said they would like to be friends with “Hannah” too.
I remember growing up and playing alone in the woods behind my house and cherish those memories. I hope that my own children embrace nature in the same way that little “Hannah” does and protect the world around them in their own ways. Hannah and the Talking Tree is one of the best children’s books that I have read to my children in a very long time.
Hannah and the Talking Tree is the 2010 Gold Medal Winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*