Christopher Cheng, Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
"If you pick up a book by Christopher Cheng, you know you are going to get an outstanding story, one that will have a profound effect on you. In my opinion, it is as impressive as his iconic One Child (now 21 years old) with its powerful message about the power of one and the change that can happen because just one child believes.
...And true to form, Bruce Whatley who says he would “get bored if I stuck to one or two [illustration styles}” has illustrated this book in a completely new style, one that complements the text perfectly. "
"This is a beautiful testimony to the place of older people within a family, the wisdom they can pass on, the changes they have seen and their evolving relationships with the younger generation. Cheng inhabits his story with an almost mythic quality; it is like reading a fable which readers will ponder long after the story has finished."
"This is a beautiful narrative of love, family, resilience and nature. One senses that there could be a very personal back story to this new book and Bruce Whatley’s stunning illustrations capture perfectly the sense of Chinese culture in a linocut style. This is a splendid picture book which I would predict will be firmly and rightfully placed in award lists in the coming year. Highly recommended for young readers from around six years upwards."
"Christopher Cheng’s Chinese heritage informs this book and it’s a privilege for us to be included as readers. One Tree acknowledges the old ways while being realistic, but not negative, about modern life. It shows there are always possibilities for change and it emphasises how lucky we are to have elders in our lives—and how important it is to listen to them."
"This story is not only uplifting but is about love and change and how important the natural environment is in our lives. Cheng tells it simply and effectively."
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Illustrator: Bruce Whatley