One Tree

Christopher Cheng, Illustrated by Bruce Whatley

Illustration by Bruce Whatley of a man in a traditional chinese farm hat walking down a green hill alongside a lamb. There is one tall tree.

One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather’s farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment.

 

Once he told stories but now he stays silent. Until one day, in the city market, I find something precious . . . something that brings Grandfather’s memories alive again.

 

Reviews

 

"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."

 

Fran Knight

 

 

"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."

 

Sue Warren

 

 

 

"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."

 

Louise Pfanner

 

 

 

"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."

 

Di Bates

 

 

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Author: Christopher Cheng

 

Illustrator: Bruce Whatley

 

Publisher

 

  • Penguin (2019)
  • ISBN: 9780143786733

 

Copyright © 2019 Christopher Cheng

Illustration by Bruce Whatley of a man in a traditional chinese farm hat walking down a green hill alongside a lamb. There is one tall tree.
Illustration by Bruce Whatley of a man in a traditional chinese farm hat walking down a green hill alongside a lamb. There is one tall tree.
Illustration by Bruce Whatley of a man in a traditional chinese farm hat walking down a green hill alongside a lamb. There is one tall tree.
Illustration by Bruce Whatley of a man in a traditional chinese farm hat walking down a green hill alongside a lamb. There is one tall tree.