Saturday, January 11, 2014

Kid Konnection: The Sad Tree and Pronuba by Christina Steiner

The Sad Tree and Pronuba by Christina Steiner, illustrated by Mary Manning
Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1432798949
Published: October 30, 2013
Softcover, 32 pages

About the Book:
A Lonely Tree and a Special Friend... The desert is a lonely place for Joshua, a tree who has never seen another tree like him. He asks everyone in his environment to help him find a companion...but although the desert loves him, nobody can help. Things change for Joshua one beautiful spring night when a tiny moth comes to visit. This exquisite story about the life-cycle relationship between the Joshua Tree and the Pronuba Moth will delight readers of all ages.

Our Thoughts:
I read this with my son, who also read it on his own and we enjoyed this beautiful story about friendship and interdependence. We didn't know much about the actual Joshua tree and the Pronuba moth so we looked them up on the Internet. We learned that the moth’s larvae rely exclusively on the seeds of the yucca plant (the Joshua tree) as a primary food source, and the plant relies exclusively on the moth for pollination. One cannot exist without the other.

This was brought out well in the form of a story about Joshua, a lonely desert tree and his friend Pronuba the moth. They help each other out. Although, the story is about the beauty of how in nature, animal and plant rely on each other for survival, we can retain the message that two very different individuals can be instrumental in the happiness of the other by being themselves.

Both my son and I liked the illustrations that captured well Joshua's loneliness in the desert and the bright little moth. I especially loved the nighttime scenes that brought out the moon's glow in the desert. Recommended for all kids who like stories about nature and friendship.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura & Son

Disclosure: Thanks to the author and Bostick Communications for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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