4 out of 4 stars
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Weeping Willow's Wish by Brenda Elzin is a children's picture book that teaches young children about self-acceptance. Weeping Willow is unhappy because it looks different from the other trees. Instead of appreciating its low-hanging branches, Weeping Willow wants to be like the other trees and wishes for upright branches with leaves that change colors. When Weeping Willow uses its drooping branches to help others, it becomes happy and discovers that it likes being different after all.
This professionally edited book is 24 pages and is a sweet story. Elzin's descriptive writing creates a picturesque scene for little ones: "The day the magic happened was a lovely spring day with beautiful new flowers bursting with color, fluffy little white clouds in a bright blue sky and a gentle stream running along its course, making pleasant gurgling sounds." I especially like the message of self-acceptance that she conveys, as children experience the pressure to conform at an early age. Young readers will relate to Weeping Willow's lesson; by learning to accept themselves, they can celebrate differences in others. The picture book also introduces themes of sadness, happiness, helpfulness, bravery, and an appreciation for nature.
The book is delightfully illustrated by Jana Borja, and she does an excellent job of capturing the trees, animals, and nature. Weeping Willow's long, drooping branches resemble tousled hair. At the beginning of the story, the tree's sadness is personified. Likewise, when Weeping Willow helps others and realizes its purpose, the illustrations convey joy. The illustrations feature aesthetically pleasing hues in a soothing color palette.
It probably doesn't come as a surprise that there isn't anything I dislike about this uplifting story. Additionally, the book's cover describes Elzin and her son as “persons with autism" and states that "25% of proceeds are donated to skilled work training programs for persons with autism."
I wholeheartedly rate Weeping Willow's Wish 4 out of 4 stars. The book's delightful illustrations and encouraging message will entertain young children through the age of 7, and I recommend it to parents, teachers, and grandparents.
Weeping Willow's Wish
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