By Ash, Oak and Thorn – Melissa Harrison

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Moss, Burnet and Cumulus are three little people who live in the hollow of an old Ash tree. They usually love waking up in spring but this time, find that the oldest of them, Cumulus, is starting to fade away. They need to find answers to save him, which will involve a trip from their home to an ancient Oak where more of their kind are supposed to live.

Along the way, they meet new creatures and have to overcome a range of obstacles. Will they find more of their kind? Or, more importantly, will they find the answers they’re looking for?

The first thing you see when you open this book is a beautiful map, showing the scenic setting of the story. The small illustrations throughout, as well as the cover, gives you a taste of the lovely story within. Melissa Harrison has crafted a story that provokes thought whilst building imagery in the mind; the world she has created will have an impact on the reader and, in turn, the world around us, too.

The trio discover how people have impacted the world – in the Mortal’s Hive – and the devastation it can have on the little people and the creatures. The reader is prompted to think about their own actions, but in a subtle way disguised by story. It isn’t preaching; instead, evokes emotion in the reader prompting reflection.

I can see this being used really effectively in classrooms, providing the chance for discussion and action.

If you like the sound of this book, buy it here.

Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher

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