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The Olive Tree by Elsa Martson and Illustrated by Claire Ewart.“When Muna and her family returned after the war, Sameer thought that he would finally have someone to play with. Together they could climb and eat from the big olive tree that overlooked both their gardens. But Muna didn’t want to play or share the olives. And then, one night lightning struck and everything changed! In this poignant story, can these two children lean to put their differences aside in order to share and work together?
My boys and I thought this story had a hidden moral that taught us sharing and working together is better than selfishness. My kids loved the pictures that helped the story come to life and gave a face to the children and their families.
This picture was one of their favorites. I think it reminds them of the goats we used to have even though they didn’t look anything like this one but this one seems to smile. This story takes place in Lebanon and is about a family that moved away during the war for their safety but now that the long war was finally over they were moving back. Sameer was hopeful there would be a little boy for him to play with. The neighbors were polite but didn’t speak much to the and never returned visits and they didn’t have a boy but a little girl, Muna. Muna, thought all the olives on the olive tree belonged to her family since it grew on their side of the fence. One stormy night changed everything. You need to read the story to hear what happened and how things all changed from that moment forward.
About the author
Elsa Marston is an award-winning author of over two dozen fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults. She has had a fascination with stories of ancient Egypt and the Middle East since she was very young.
About the Illustrator
Claire Eward is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. She has illustrated books by the well-known authors Tomie dePaola and Paul Fleischman, and written and illustrated several of her own books.
This book is set to release November 1st, 2014 and can be purchased HERE for $16.95. The book is 8″x10″ and is a beautiful hard-cover book with 32 pages. It’s written for children 5 and up. You can read more about Elsa Martson and this story on her website.
The boys and I each give this story two thumbs up.